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[keyt] /keɪt/
noun, Usually, cates, Archaic.
a choice food;delicacy; dainty.
Origin of cate
late Middle English
1425-75; back formation from late Middle English cates, aphetic variant of Middle English acates things bought, plural of acat buying < Old North French, derivative of acater to buy < Vulgar Latin *accaptāre, equivalent to Latin ac- ac- + captāre to seek out; see catch Unabridged
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  • And here may be noted the average negro's indifference to cates.

  • Mrs. cates had left them alone, but in half an hour she came back.

  • There was hot bread, too, and sundry ‘cates’ which would now be strange to our eyes.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • He had brought her cates to eat, or he would have beaten her into loving him.

    The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford
  • We have eaten salt together, to say nothing of pigeon pie and other cates.

    The Vanishing Man

    R. Austin Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for cates


plural noun
(sometimes sing) (archaic) choice dainty food; delicacies
Word Origin
C15: variant of acates purchases, from Old Northern French acater to buy, from Vulgar Latin accaptāre (unattested); ultimately related to Latin acceptāre to accept
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