One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1trademark A large luxury car that is the most prestigious brand of General Motors.
- ‘They did, however, spend $650 a month to lease a Cadillac.’
- ‘My Uncle drove us to Radio City Music Hall in his huge Cadillac to see Sophia Loren in "Boy on a Dolphin".’
- ‘The men in the brown car waited in a parking space near Wheeler's black Cadillac.’
- ‘The race ended near a silver Cadillac parked in front of a driveway on Wright Avenue.’
- ‘I don't remember the guy campaigning in a Cadillac.’
2Something that is an outstanding example of its kind, especially in terms of luxury, quality, or size.‘the aircraft is widely regarded as the Cadillac of commuter planes’
- ‘Its old organ dated to 1876, "a Cadillac in its time," said the rector.’
- ‘The place has turned from a Porsche into a Cadillac.’
- ‘This is the true Cadillac of the railroad!’
- ‘At D we have the Cadillac of diamonds: A colorless stone.’
- ‘This is the 'Cadillac' of saturation systems," said the team's leader.’
- ‘The seeds of Virginia peanuts are so big that they're called the Cadillac of peanuts.’
- ‘It was the Cadillac of all operations and quite successful.’
From the name of the French explorer Antoine de La Mothe Cadillac (1658–1730), who founded the city of Detroit, where the cars are manufactured.
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