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[kad-l-ak; for 1 also French ka-dee-yak] /ˈkæd lˌæk; for 1 also French ka diˈyak/
Antoine de la Mothe
[ahn-twan duh la mawt] /ɑ̃ˈtwan də la ˈmɔt/ (Show IPA),
1657?–1730, French colonial governor in North America: founder of Detroit.
a city in NW Michigan. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Cadillac Automobile Company, established in 1902 by Detroit engine-maker Henry Martyn Leland and named for Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac (1658-1730), French minor aristocrat and colonial governor who founded Detroit in 1701.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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: It's Cadillac all the way. It's a Cadillac operation


  1. An ounce of heroin (1950s+ Narcotics)
  2. The best of its kind; standard of excellence; paragon: Republicans call New York the Cadillac of welfare states/ Revos are the Cadillac of sunglasses
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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