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cheetah Syllabification: chee·tah
Pronunciation: /ˈCHēdə/

Definition of cheetah in English:


A large spotted cat found in Africa and parts of Asia. It is the fastest animal on land.
  • Acinonyx jubatus, family Felidae
Example sentences
  • Some of the animals highlighted in the photographs include lions, cheetahs, rhinos, hippos, giraffes and chimpanzees.
  • Here, in open vehicles, accompanied by rangers and trackers, you are virtually guaranteed close-ups of lions, leopards and cheetahs, and possibly even wild dogs.
  • I don't rightly know how these panthers and cheetahs and tigers came to inhabit the park in the first place.


Late 18th century: from Hindi cītā, perhaps from Sanskrit citraka 'leopard'.

Words that rhyme with cheetah

Akita, Anita, arboreta, beater, beta, Bhagavadgita, cheater, Demeter, Dieter, dolce vita, eater, eta, Evita, excreta, fetor, granita, greeter, heater, Juanita, litre (US liter), Lolita, maltreater, margarita, meter, metre, Peta, praetor (US pretor), repeater, Rita, saltpetre (US saltpeter), secretor, Senhorita, señorita, Sita, skeeter, teeter, terra incognita, theta, treater, tweeter, ureter, veleta, zeta
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