A meow is a vocalization of cats. They have diverse tones and are sometimes chattered, murmured or whispered. Adult cats rarely meow to each other, so an adult cat meowing to human beings is probably a post-domestication extension of meowing by kittens, a call for attention.
In English, the first use of the spelling "meow" was in 1842. Before that, the word could be spelled "miaow", "miau", or "meaw".
The following table lists the onomatopoeic word for the "miau" or "meow" sound in various languages. In some languages (such as Chinese 喵, miāo, and Thai แมว, mæw), the vocalization became the name of the animal itself.
||Languages in use
||Belarusian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Finnish, German, Ido, Interlingua, Lithuanian, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
||Norwegian and Swedish
|mao (ম্যাঁও (myām̥ō))
|miáú (miau) or nyaú