Definition of kit-cat in English:

kit-cat

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɪtkat
 
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noun

A canvas of a standard size (typically 36 × 28 in., 91.5 × 71 cm), especially as used for a life-size portrait ( kit-cat portrait) showing the sitter’s head, shoulders, and one or both hands.
More example sentences
  • The term ‘kit-cat’ is in consequence still used for portraits of this size, with one arm shown.
  • It is a kit-cat portrait of an elderly seated man, turned three-quarters left and looking forward.

Origin

mid 18th century: named after a series of portraits of the members of the Kit-Cat Club.

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