Cathay

[ ka-they ]
/ kæˈθeɪ /
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noun Literary or Archaic.

Origin of Cathay

< Medieval Latin Cat(h)aya < Turkic; compare Tatar Kïtai
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Cathay

/ (kæˈθeɪ) /

noun

a literary or archaic name for China

Word Origin for Cathay

C14: from Medieval Latin Cataya, of Turkic origin
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Word Origin and History for cathay

Cathay


n.

1560s, poetic name for "China," from Medieval Latin Cataya, from Turkish Khitai, from Uighur Khitai, name of a Tatar dynasty that ruled Beijing 936-1122.

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