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nounUsually cates. Archaic.
  1. a choice food;delicacy; dainty.

Origin of cate

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

Words Nearby cate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cate in a sentence

  • I quite think, and in this others agree with me, that it has nothing to do with the cat, but was originally cate.

  • It was no easy matter; frequently the cake or cate went in the fire or lodged in the chimney.

  • The poet's imagination, continues Judge cate, was wonderful.

    John Greenleaf Whittier | W. Sloane Kennedy
  • The silk of the darca, of all colors, is worth forty taes in Canton, and is sold by the libra in Xapon at nine maçes per cate.

  • It costs eight reals per cate in Canton, and is sold in Xapon at fifteen and sixteen, according to its quality.