catamite

[kat-uh-mahyt]

Origin of catamite

1585–95; < Latin Catamītus < Etruscan Catmite < Greek Ganymḗdēs Ganymede
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Historical Examples of catamite

  • 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

  • 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

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

    The Satyricon, Complete

    Petronius Arbiter


British Dictionary definitions for catamite

catamite

noun
  1. a boy kept for homosexual purposes

Word Origin for catamite

C16: from Latin Catamītus, variant of Ganymēdēs Ganymede 1
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Word Origin and History for catamite
n.

"boy used in pederasty," 1590s, from Latin Catamitus, corruption of Ganymedes, the name of the beloved cup-bearer of Jupiter (see Ganymede). Cicero used it as a contemptuous insult against Antonius.

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