Cathay

[ ka-they ]
/ kæˈθeɪ /

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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