- a boy or youth who is in a sexual relationship with a man.
Origin of catamite
1585–95; < Latin Catamītus < Etruscan Catmite < Greek Ganymḗdēs Ganymede
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Examples from the Web for catamite
He had been in the intimate service of the Tarkhn begs, indeed had been a catamite.
Catamite, mistakenly read as khz on f. 112b (Mmoires ii, 82).
A catamite appeared, the stalest of all mankind, well worthy of that house.
Then a catamite appeared, clad in a myrtle-colored frieze robe, and girded round with a belt.
- a boy kept for homosexual purposes
C16: from Latin Catamītus, variant of Ganymēdēs Ganymede 1
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Word Origin and History for catamite
"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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