Meaning of cheetah in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtʃiːtə/

Translate cheetah into Spanish


  • A large slender spotted cat found in Africa and parts of Asia. It is the fastest animal on land.

    Acinonyx jubatus, family Felidae

    ‘Some of the animals highlighted in the photographs include lions, cheetahs, rhinos, hippos, giraffes and chimpanzees.’
    • ‘Here, in open vehicles, accompanied by rangers and trackers, you are virtually guaranteed close-ups of lions, leopards and cheetahs, and possibly even wild dogs.’
    • ‘I don't rightly know how these panthers and cheetahs and tigers came to inhabit the park in the first place.’
    • ‘First, I tested whether cheetahs avoid hyenas and lions.’
    • ‘I worked with the big cats, lions, cheetahs, and eventually the tigers.’
    • ‘Fleet-footed animals, such as gazelles and cheetahs, aren't the only livings things that rely on speed for their survival.’
    • ‘An innovative program that provides guard dogs to livestock farmers at a modest cost may be helping to save wild cheetahs in southern Africa.’
    • ‘The dogs, Anatolian shepherds, live with the livestock on the range and protect them from cheetahs and leopards.’
    • ‘The White Oak plantation in the north of the state is a 7,500 acre area of conservation where rhinos, cheetahs, zebras and giraffes roam freely.’
    • ‘The East is the nesting place of the eagle and hawk, but also the home of mountain sheep and African cheetahs.’
    • ‘Impalas normally stay in small herds for protection from lions, cheetahs and other enemies.’
    • ‘At Australia Zoo, we're getting two male cheetahs from Africa and two females cheetahs from another zoo in Australia.’
    • ‘Lions, leopards and cheetahs catch and eat their own dinner.’
    • ‘By day, follow expert Masai guides on foot to spot lions, cheetahs, and wildebeests without disturbing their habitats.’
    • ‘With the grace of a snake and the speed of a cheetah, it snatches the rodent in its teeth and yanks it into the burrow.’
    • ‘In a single morning you can see lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and unlimited plains game.’
    • ‘He even studied the running form of fast animals, including cheetahs and greyhounds.’
    • ‘Ancestors of cheetahs and lions and elephants existed in North America some 13,000 years ago.’
    • ‘Unlike the males, which move about in bachelor groups of two or three and who like to hunt together, female cheetahs move about and hunt singly.’
    • ‘But changing human attitudes toward cheetahs is only part of the battle to save Earth's fastest land mammal.’


Late 18th century from Hindi cītā, perhaps from Sanskrit citraka ‘leopard’.