[ kat-l ]
/ ˈkæt l /

noun (used with a plural verb)

bovine animals, especially domesticated members of the genus Bos.
Bible. such animals together with other domesticated quadrupeds, as horses, swine, etc.
Disparaging. human beings, especially in a large, unruly crowd.

Origin of cattle

1175–1225; Middle English catel < Old North French: (personal) property < Medieval Latin capitāle wealth; see capital1


cat·tle·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cattle

/ (ˈkætəl) /

noun (functioning as plural)

bovid mammals of the tribe Bovini (bovines), esp those of the genus Bos
Also called: domestic cattle any domesticated bovine mammals, esp those of the species Bos taurus (domestic ox)

Other words from cattle

Related adjective: bovine

Word Origin for cattle

C13: from Old Northern French catel, Old French chatel chattel
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