Definition of feline in English:



  • 1Relating to or affecting cats or other members of the cat family.

    ‘feline leukemia’
    • ‘Their front canine teeth are large and feline, perfect for grasping prey and slashing it open.’
    • ‘Humans have long imitated feline attributes and graces.’
    • ‘My cat, being a fully paid-up member of the fastidious feline world, now refuses to eat anything else.’
    • ‘The cat and the dog belong to different families: canine and feline.’
    • ‘My mother began to feed the neighborhood cats so that we developed a fair size feline family outside.’
    • ‘To test cats for feline leukemia virus and immune deficiency virus, vets check for the presence of the virus itself, not the antibody levels.’
    • ‘And Sam does not like cats so a family with feline pets would not be suitable.’
    • ‘And the feline family ‘plays’ with its food before eating it, taunting and chasing their prey.’
    • ‘Your cat is currently vaccinated for distemper, rabies, feline leukemia and any other syndrome for which there is a form of prevention.’
    • ‘From the other side of the bushes, a powerful, feline shape emerged: a leopard.’
    • ‘Having just recently lost a very favourite feline member of our household, the title caught my eye immediately.’
    • ‘Healthy rats - even those bred for hundreds of generations in the laboratory - show distinct anxiety around feline odors.’
    1. 1.1Catlike, especially in beauty or slyness.
      ‘her face was feline in shape’
      • ‘Her lithe body moved with an ethereal fluidity and feline grace.’
      • ‘There were two eyes, oval in shape and quite feline in their appearance, riding above a long, thin, pointed nose.’
      • ‘I had no points of reference, all I remember are androgynous, anonymous feline shapes emerging from barn doors.’
      • ‘A wad of linen is painstakingly molded into the precise shape of a feline nose.’
      • ‘He realized that they were feline in shape almost like a cat, though much longer than any cat he had ever seen.’
      • ‘At the masquerade party, my head was covered with a black skullcap with cute little feline ears.’
      • ‘Despite this, he was young and strong-looking, with a feline sort of grace.’
      • ‘He was a big man, yet stroked the ball with an almost feline grace.’
      • ‘The door opened to reveal Jade walking into my room with her feline grace.’
      • ‘Its design studio has to style cars with the sinuous, feline grace that defines the brand, while making sure new offerings look fresh.’
      • ‘Marc walked by me and leaned upon the mantle with his familiar feline grace that never ceased to impress me.’
      • ‘Hitting the ground with feline grace, he propelled himself to the right, gaining some distance from his assailant and ending the first round of combat.’
      • ‘Unafraid and unhurried, the great black beast padded silently down the centre of the trail, not quite a cat but a fluid feline shape.’
      • ‘It was a curious face, comely and yet feline, with a subtle suggestion of cruelty about the straight, strong little mouth and chubby jaw.’
      • ‘My favorite shot in the film is near the end when the women are all hugging each other on the escalator, just acting with a sort of animal, feline grace.’
      • ‘She had four legs with large clawed paws beneath her white-furred feline shape.’
      catlike, leonine
      graceful, sleek, sinuous, slinky, sensual
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  • A cat or other member of the cat family.

    • ‘These creatures had facial similarities with felines and canines, but matched none in build.’
    • ‘She leapt back with all the grace of a feline, landing ever so lightly on her feet.’
    • ‘She specialized in felines; from the alley cat to the Siberian Tiger.’
    • ‘This means the feline faces a high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium-term future.’
    • ‘For felines all over the world - from docile house cats to Bengal tigers - clawing is an essential characteristic of being a cat.’
    • ‘If it was good enough for the cat she'd had growing up the two pampered felines could deal with it too.’
    • ‘If you, like many people, consider your canine or feline to be simply another member of the family, you will have the peace-of-mind that they are well cared for!’
    • ‘Large felines like the bobcat and lynx don't have this physical feature, but the cougar does.’
    • ‘Many of them have to be re-homed and, whilst it's less of a problem for the younger cats, many of the older felines get left behind.’
    • ‘The conservancy believes feral felines should be removed permanently from the environment and taken to shelters.’
    • ‘With a little love, work and patience, you can transform ferocious felines and despondent dogs into friends of the family.’
    • ‘She moved across the room with the grace of a feline, putting her hand on his chest when she reached him.’
    • ‘Perhaps people soon realized they could perhaps use the felines to control these pests.’
    • ‘But except for the Florida felines, as far as one can tell, wild cougars no longer live east of the Mississippi.’
    • ‘Furry housepets - especially felines - have long been blamed for allergies and breathing problems in people.’
    • ‘Concern over cat welfare and the rising number of feral felines came to a head at a summit last Thursday.’
    • ‘The cats lounge about the garden, lazy felines basking under the warm sun.’
    cat, domestic cat, wild cat, alley cat, kitten
    tabby, tomcat, tom, queen, mouser
    puss, pussy, pussy cat
    moggie, mog
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Late 17th century: from Latin felinus, from feles cat.