1. belonging or pertaining to the cat family, Felidae.
  2. catlike; characteristic of animals of the cat family: a feline tread.
  3. sly, stealthy, or treacherous.


  1. an animal of the cat family.


  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Felidae, a family of predatory mammals, including cats, lions, leopards, and cheetahs, typically having a round head and retractile claws: order Carnivora (carnivores)
  2. resembling or suggestive of a cat, esp in stealth or grace

noun Also: felid (ˈfiːlɪd)

  1. any animal belonging to the family Felidae; a cat

1680s, from Late Latin felinus “of or belonging to a cat,” from Latin feles (genitive felis) “cat, wild cat, marten,” of uncertain origin. As a noun, from 1861.

  1. Characteristic of or resembling felids.
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