antoine cadillac

Word Origin & History

Cadillac Automobile Company, established in 1902 by Detroit engine-maker Henry Martyn Leland and named for Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac (1658-1730), Fr. minor aristocrat and colonial governor who founded Detroit in 1701.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang Dictionary

Cadillac definition

  1. n.
    the name of something powerful or superior. (From the name of the automobile.) : Acme is the Cadillac of monochrome closed-circuit retail surveillance equipment.
  2. n.
    a powerful drug, especially cocaine. (Drugs.) : Just a pinch of Cadillac in my junk seems to keep me a little more lively.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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