- a tealike South American beverage made from the dried leaves of an evergreen tree.
- a South American tree, Ilex paraguariensis, that is the source of this beverage.
- the dried leaves of this tree.
Origin of maté
- an evergreen tree, Ilex paraguariensis, cultivated in South America for its leaves, which contain caffeine: family Aquifoliaceae
- a stimulating milky beverage made from the dried leaves of this tree
- the sexual partner of an animal
- a marriage partner
- informal, mainly British, Australian and NZa friend, usually of the same sex: often used between males in direct address
- (in combination)an associate, colleague, fellow sharer, etca classmate; a flatmate
- one of a pair of matching items
- short for first mate
- any officer below the master on a commercial ship
- a warrant officer's assistant on a ship
- (in some trades) an assistanta plumber's mate
- archaic a suitable associate
- mate rates Australian slang the reduced rate charged for work done for a friend
- to pair (a male and female animal) or (of animals) to pair for reproduction
- to marry or join in marriage
- (tr) to join as a pair; match
- chess See checkmate
Word Origin and History for maté
"checkmate," c.1300, from Old French mater "to checkmate, defeat, overcome," from mat "checkmated" (see checkmate (v.)).
c.1500, "to equal, rival," 1590s as "to match, couple, marry, join in marriage," from mate (n.1). Also, of animals, "to pair for the purpose of breeding." Related: Mated; mating.
in chess, "a condition of checkmate," c.1300, mat, from Middle French mat, from Old French mater (see mate (v.2)).
"associate, fellow, comrade," mid-14c., also "companion" (late 14c.), from Middle Low German mate, gemate "one eating at the same table, messmate," from Proto-Germanic *ga-maton "having food (*matiz) together (*ga-)," which is etymologically identical with companion. Cognate with Danish and Swedish mat, German Maat "mate," Dutch maat, from German. Meaning "one of a wedded pair" is attested from 1540s. Used as a form of address by sailors, laborers, etc., since at least mid-15c. Meaning "officer on a merchant vessel is from late 15c.
- A spouse.
- Either of a pair of animals or birds that associate in order to propagate.
- Either of a pair of animals brought together for breeding.
- To become joined in marriage.
- To be paired for reproducing; breed.
- To copulate.