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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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  • 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
  • All that structure finds its support and staunchness in what they call the cates, which are the buoys of which we have spoken.

  • Torrent meanwhile encountered a giant named Weraunt, cates brother, and slew him in a hard struggle, but was himself wounded.

  • A pico of one hundred cates is equivalent to five arrobas, twelve and one-half libras, in the new arrangement.

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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