from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or belonging to the family Felidae, which includes the lions, tigers, jaguars, and wild and domestic cats; felid.
  • adj. Suggestive of a cat, as in suppleness or stealthiness.
  • n. An animal of the family Felidae.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or pertaining to, the cat.
  • adj. catlike (resembling a cat)
  • n. A cat; member of the cat family Felidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Catlike; of or pertaining to the genus Felis, or family Felidæ
  • adj. Characteristic of cats; sly; stealthy; treacherous

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Catlike in form or structure, as an animal; of or pertaining to the Felidæ, Felinæ, or genus Felis; typically æluroid.
  • Pertaining to or characteristic of animals of the cat tribe; cat-like in character or quality; resembling a cat in any respect: often applied to persons: as, feline softness of step; feline stealthiness, cruelty, or treachery.
  • n. One of the Felidæ or Felinæ; a feline or cat-like animal; in popular use, a domestic cat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various lithe-bodied roundheaded fissiped mammals, many with retractile claws
  • adj. of or relating to cats


Latin fēlīnus or Late Latin fēlīneus, both from Latin fēlēs, cat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fēlīnus, from fēlēs 'wildcat, marten', from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- ‘wildcat’ (compare Welsh bele 'marten', Sanskrit bharuja 'jackal', Moldivian balu 'dog'). (Wiktionary)
Substantive use of the adjective feline, from Latin felinus (Wiktionary)


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