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Cadillac \Ca*dil"lac\, n. [Prob. from Cadillac, a French town.] A large pear, shaped like a flattened top, used chiefly for cooking.

2. [From Cadillac, the high-end expensive line of automobiles made by General Motors, often thought of as the best American-made automobile.] The best; -- metaphorical, from the automobile. Often used in the phrase ``the Cadillac of . . . ''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. (context archaic English) A large pear, shaped like a flattened top, used chiefly for cooking. n. 1 A brand of luxury automobile, now part of the General Motors group 2 By extension, any brand that represents the most luxurious or highest quality example in its class 3 (surname: from=French) 4 An urban area in Quebec, Canada 5 A commune in the Gironde department, in France 6 A city in the U.S. state of Michigan 7 A mountain in the U.S. state of Maine 8 A village in Saskatchewan, Canada 9 From old French, literally 'house of the lake' (Ca' du lac)

Cadillac, MI -- U.S. city in Michigan
Population (2000): 10000
Housing Units (2000): 4466
Land area (2000): 6.821254 sq. miles (17.666967 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 1.779726 sq. miles (4.609468 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 8.600980 sq. miles (22.276435 sq. km)
FIPS code: 12320
Located within: Michigan (MI), FIPS 26
Location: 44.250962 N, 85.413696 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 49601
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Cadillac, MI
Cadillac (disambiguation)

Cadillac is a General Motors luxury car brand.

Cadillac may also refer to:


Cadillac , formally the Cadillac Motor Car Division, is a division of the U.S.-based General Motors (GM) that markets luxury vehicles worldwide. Its primary markets are the United States, Canada, and China, but Cadillac-branded vehicles are distributed in 34 additional markets worldwide. Historically, Cadillac automobiles have always held a place at the top of the luxury field within the United States. In 2014, Cadillac's U.S. sales were 170,750 vehicles.

Cadillac is among the oldest automobile brands in the world, second in America only to fellow GM marque Buick. The firm was founded from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company in 1902, almost nine years before Chevrolet. It was named after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, who founded Detroit, Michigan. The Cadillac crest is based on his coat of arms.

By the time General Motors purchased the company in 1909, Cadillac had already established itself as one of America's premier luxury carmakers. The complete interchangeability of its precision parts had allowed it to lay the foundation for the modern mass production of automobiles. It was at the forefront of technological advances, introducing full electrical systems, the clashless manual transmission and the steel roof. The brand developed three engines, with its V8 setting the standard for the American automotive industry.

Cadillac was the first American car to win the Royal Automobile Club of England's Dewar Trophy by successfully demonstrating the interchangeability of its component parts during a reliability test in 1908; this spawned the firm's slogan "Standard of the World". It won the trophy again in 1912 for incorporating electric starting and lighting in a production automobile.

Cadillac (Montreal Metro)

Cadillac is a station on the Green Line of the Montreal Metro rapid transit system operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). It is in the district of Mercier-Ouest in the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The station opened on June 6, 1976, as part of the extension of the Green Line to Honoré-Beaugrand.

Cadillac (record label)

Cadillac is a jazz record company and label in the U.K. established in 1971 by John Jack and Mike Westbrook. Its first release was in 1973.

Its catalogue includes Harry Beckett, Mike Osborne, Stan Tracey, Trevor Watts, and Bobby Wellins.

Cadillac (album)

Cadillac is a 1989 album recorded by French singer Johnny Hallyday. It was released in June 1989 and achieved success in France, where it debuted at #1 for eight consecutive weeks on the SNEP albums chart on July 2, 1989, and totaled 61 weeks in the top 50. It provided five singles in France, including a top three hit : "Mirador" (#3), "Si j'étais moi" (#25), "Les Vautours..." (#30), "Himalaya" (#30) and "Cadillac" (#39). The lyrics were written by Étienne Roda-Gil, who had worked in the 1980s with Vanessa Paradis, and the musics were composed and arranged by Jacques Cardona, David Hallyday, Georges Augier, Jean-Pierre Bucolo et Jean-Claude Petit. This album was inspired by Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, a French who founded Detroit in 1701 and who gave his name to the brand of luxury vehicles.

Cadillac (band)

Cadillac were a Spanish pop group, active between 1981 and 1986. They are known internationally for their participation in the 1986 Eurovision Song Contest.

The group was founded in Madrid in 1981 by José María Guzmán (vocals/guitar) and Eduardo Ramírez (vocals/bass). They recruited Pedro Sánchez (vocals/keyboards) and Javier de Juan (drums) to form a quartet. Their first album, Pensando en tí, was released later that year to critical approval but only modest sales.

Javier de Juan left the group in 1982 and was replaced by Daniel Jacques. Cadillac's second and third albums. Llegas de madrugada and Un día mas, also failed to sell in large quantities. Ramírez left the group, unhappy with decisions made by their record company, and Pepe Marchante came in as bassist. The group finally made a commercial breakthrough in 1985 with the album Funkyllac, which contained the hit single "Arturo" and featured harder rhythms which proved popular with record buyers.

In 1986, Cadillac were chosen by broadcaster TVE as the Spanish representatives for the 31st Eurovision Song Contest with the Guzmán-composed song " Valentino". That year's contest took place on 3 May in Bergen, Norway, where "Valentino" placed tenth of the 20 entries.

Marchante left the group in 1986, and this ultimately led to their decision to disband later that year.

Usage examples of "cadillac".

Keylime Cadillacs, fire-red Toronados, wide-mouthed, trolling Lincolns, all in perfect shape.

In the sixties, when Cadillacs were futuristically self-assured, I was also self-confident and forward-looking.

And he got out three months before Cadillac, in April 1975, introduced the Seville, a fuel-efficient model that looked as though it had lost its pants, after which Cadillacs were never the same.

Turn left just beyond the film-tower, park in a muddy lot full of new Cadillacs and flashy sports cars, and walk up a grassy bank to a one-story concrete-block building that looks like a dog-kennel or a Pepsi-Cola warehouse in St.

Even the gasoline shortage failed to deter those black Cadillacs from their mysterious rounds.

The occupants of the other units boasted Chevies and ten-year-old Cadillacs, vehicles favored by auto insurance defrauders, which is what they might have been.

I want to make perfectly clear that the two bodies exhumed at Cadillac were nothing more than a failsafe precaution, an acknowledgment that certain persons have been raising issues about this office which are so completely unjustified that the best answer seemed to be to double-check our own work.

I do a little freelancing myself, like when I need another Cadillac or something.

The Cadillac was a white coupe with chrome louvres and it manoeuvred like a fighter plane up to the pump.

Donovan had driven up to pick him up in the Cadillac, and Olivia had the house in perfect order for him.

On the screen were solemn processions of camels and Cadillacs, sheikhs in jellaba, keffigeh and mirrorshades, European dignitaries with wives in tasteful gray Parisian fashions.

The idea that two heroin pushers in a white Cadillac convertible would be dragging up and down the Strip, abusing total strangers at stoplights, was prima facie absurd.

Cadillac, one of those models with massive tailfins and with what seemed to be five tons of chrome grillwork.

And in the boardinghouse on Cadillac Boulevard, Tessie Zizmo paints her toenails and hears the sound of a clarinet.

Cadillac Cimarron I am stupid enough to pay extra money for an uglified Chevrolet.