A cat depicted with a broad fixed grin, as popularized through Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865).
More example sentences
- Only his outrage, like the grin of the Cheshire cat, is clear.
- And a gentle trip around Christ Church gives Lewis Carroll fans a treat by re-discovering the real world of Alice and the Cheshire cat.
- The ultimate goal of the Socratic method is for the students to ask their own questions while the teacher does nothing at all, disappearing like the Cheshire cat, with a grin and a wave.
late 18th century: of unknown origin, but it is said that Cheshire cheeses used to be marked with the face of a smiling cat.
Definition of Cheshire cat in:
- The US English dictionary