cat's meow

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


cat’s meow

  1. (idiomatic, dated) A self-satisfied person.
  2. (idiomatic) A highly sought-after and fancy example of something.
    Synonyms: (slang) cat's ass, (slang) kitty's titties; see also Thesaurus:best
    That new car was really the cat’s meow.
    • 1922 August 6, New York Times:
      The flapper tells her “cakie” that a Chauve Souris sundae is “just the cat’s meow”.