Definition of Cheshire cat in English:

Cheshire cat

Line breaks: Chesh|ire cat
Pronunciation: /tʃɛʃəˈkat


  • A cat depicted with a broad fixed grin, as popularized through Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865).
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    • 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.


grin like a Cheshire cat

Have a broad fixed smile on one’s face.
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  • Is he trying not to smile but inside grinning like a Cheshire cat?
  • Connor was grinning like a Cheshire cat when I'd finished.
  • I could sense that she was probably grinning like a Cheshire cat.


late 18th century: of unknown origin, but it is said that Cheshire cheeses used to be marked with the face of a smiling cat.

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