catamite

[ kat-uh-mahyt ]
/ ˈkæt əˌmaɪt /

noun

a boy or youth who is in a sexual relationship with a man.

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Origin of catamite

1585–95; < Latin Catamītus < Etruscan Catmite < Greek Ganymḗdēs Ganymede
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Example sentences from the Web for catamite

  • Then a catamite appeared, clad in a myrtle-colored frieze robe, and girded round with a belt.

    The Satyricon, Complete|Petronius Arbiter
  • Catamite, mistakenly read as khz on f. 112b (Mmoires ii, 82).

    The Bbur-nma in English|Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • A catamite appeared, the stalest of all mankind, well worthy of that house.

    The Satyricon, Complete|Petronius Arbiter
  • He had been in the intimate service of the Tarkhn begs, indeed had been a catamite.

    The Bbur-nma in English|Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

British Dictionary definitions for catamite

catamite
/ (ˈkætəˌmaɪt) /

noun

a boy kept for homosexual purposes

Word Origin for catamite

C16: from Latin Catamītus, variant of Ganymēdēs Ganymede 1
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