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

  • Cadillac, Sieur Antoine de la Mothe 1658-1730. French explorer and colonial administrator who founded Detroit, Michigan (1701), and was governor of Louisiana (1711-1716).

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  • proper n. a brand of luxury automobile, now part of the General Motors group
  • proper n. by extension, any brand that represents the most luxurious or highest quality example in its class
  • proper n. a French surname
  • proper n. an urban area in Quebec, Canada
  • proper n. a commune in the Gironde department, in France
  • proper n. a city in the U.S. state of Michigan
  • proper n. a mountain in the U.S. state of Maine
  • proper n. A large pear, shaped like a flattened top, used chiefly for cooking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large pear, shaped like a flattened top, used chiefly for cooking.
  • n. The best; -- metaphorical, from the automobile. Often used in the phrase “the Cadillac of … ”

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sort of pear.


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Most places or objects named Cadillac are named for Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, a French explorer who founded the eponymous city in Maine and later the city of Detroit, Michigan.


  • Cadillac's first moves to separate itself from GM include changing corporate e-mails from the current domain to @Cadillac. com, dis-including the Cadillac brand from GM-wide sales events such as the Red Tag Event and removing the GM branding from Cadillac vehicles and dealerships.

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  • CADILLAC - Cadillac coach Jim Webb hit the nail on the head.

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  • Friday, April 24, 2009 at 9: 38 p.m. CADILLAC -- On Saturday, April 25, at the Rotary Pavilion residents will put aside whatever cares they each may have to join together in support of Cadillac babies by participating in March for Babies.

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  • Senate wants to fund its health care reform plan with taxes on what it calls Cadillac policies.

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  • BLITZER: That's what they call the Cadillac plans.

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  • One day, for example, he was trying to say the word Cadillac.

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  • (Admittedly, Volkswagen introduced a new luxury sedan called the Phaeton at the Geneva Motor Show in 2002, which only goes to show that vehicle names can be recycled - in this case, the original was a Cadillac from the 1930s).

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  • And I'm stunned that Cadillac is still an effective mark in light of the Kidillac.

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  • To the aficionado, cigars are to other tobacco products as a Cadillac is to a Yugo.

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  • Outdoor Life has become the outdoor magazine equivalent of those rugged outdoorsmen that ride around in Cadillac Escalades sipping mocha lattes and texting deer sightings on their Blackberry.

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