cat's meow

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌkætsmiˈaʊ̯/
  • While "meow" is often pronounced in one syllable IPA(key): /mjaʊ̯/, in this phrase it is almost always pronounced in two syllables IPA(key): /miˈaʊ̯/.

Noun[edit]

cat's meow

  1. (idiomatic, dated) A self-satisfied person.
  2. (idiomatic) A highly sought-after and fancy example of something.[1]
    That new car was really the cat's meow.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times, August 6, 1922: "The flapper tells her "cakie" that a Chauve Souris sundae is "just the cat's meow"."