Etymology
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catwalk (n.)

1874, "long, narrow footway," from cat (n.) + walk (n.); in reference to such narrowness of passage that one has to cross as a cat walks. Originally especially of ships and theatrical back-stages; application to fashion show runways is by 1942.

updated on October 22, 2017

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Definitions of catwalk from WordNet

catwalk (n.)
narrow platform extending out into an auditorium;
models displayed clothes on a catwalk at the fashion show
catwalk (n.)
narrow pathway high in the air (as above a stage or between parts of a building or along a bridge);
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