mate

1
[meyt]

noun

verb (used with object), mat·ed, mat·ing.

verb (used without object), mat·ed, mat·ing.


Origin of mate

1
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle Low German; replacing Middle English mette, Old English gemetta messmate, guest. See meat
Related formsmate·less, adjective

mate

2
[meyt]Chess.

noun, verb (used with object), mat·ed, mat·ing, interjection

Origin of mate

2
1175–1225; Middle English mat defeated (adj.), defeat (noun) < Old FrenchPersian; see checkmate

mate

3
[mah-tey, mat-ey]

noun

maté

[mah-tey, mat-ey, mah-tey]

noun

a tealike South American beverage made from the dried leaves of an evergreen tree.
a South American tree, Ilex paraguariensis, that is the source of this beverage.
the dried leaves of this tree.
Also mate.

Origin of maté

1710–20; < American Spanish mate, orig. the vessel in which the herb is steeped < Quechua mati

Mat.E.

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Examples from the Web for mate

Contemporary Examples of mate

Historical Examples of mate

  • The mate had done what he could to prejudice the captain against the boy he hated.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • From his dress, and the commands he appeared to be issuing, Robert judged that it was the mate.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The mate with one of the crew came ashore in the boat for help and a doctor.

  • Next day, the discharged man and the second mate were pressed.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • There was a regular hard horse of a boatswain's-mate with us, of the name of McNally.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for mate

mate

1

noun

the sexual partner of an animal
a marriage partner
  1. informal, mainly British, Australian and NZa friend, usually of the same sex: often used between males in direct address
  2. (in combination)an associate, colleague, fellow sharer, etca classmate; a flatmate
one of a pair of matching items
nautical
  1. short for first mate
  2. any officer below the master on a commercial ship
  3. a warrant officer's assistant on a ship
(in some trades) an assistanta plumber's mate
archaic a suitable associate
mate rates Australian slang the reduced rate charged for work done for a friend

verb

to pair (a male and female animal) or (of animals) to pair for reproduction
to marry or join in marriage
(tr) to join as a pair; match
Derived Formsmateless, adjective

Word Origin for mate

C14: from Middle Low German; related to Old English gemetta table-guest, from mete meat

mate

2

noun, verb

chess See checkmate

maté

mate

noun

an evergreen tree, Ilex paraguariensis, cultivated in South America for its leaves, which contain caffeine: family Aquifoliaceae
a stimulating milky beverage made from the dried leaves of this tree
Modern Greek name: Paraguay tea, yerba, yerba maté

Word Origin for maté

C18: from American Spanish (originally referring to the vessel in which the drink was brewed), from Quechua máti gourd
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Word Origin and History for mate
n.1

"associate, fellow, comrade," mid-14c., also "companion" (late 14c.), from Middle Low German mate, gemate "one eating at the same table, messmate," from Proto-Germanic *ga-maton "having food (*matiz) together (*ga-)," which is etymologically identical with companion. Cognate with Danish and Swedish mat, German Maat "mate," Dutch maat, from German. Meaning "one of a wedded pair" is attested from 1540s. Used as a form of address by sailors, laborers, etc., since at least mid-15c. Meaning "officer on a merchant vessel is from late 15c.

v.2

"checkmate," c.1300, from Old French mater "to checkmate, defeat, overcome," from mat "checkmated" (see checkmate (v.)).

v.1

c.1500, "to equal, rival," 1590s as "to match, couple, marry, join in marriage," from mate (n.1). Also, of animals, "to pair for the purpose of breeding." Related: Mated; mating.

n.2

in chess, "a condition of checkmate," c.1300, mat, from Middle French mat, from Old French mater (see mate (v.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mate in Medicine

mate

[māt]

n.

A spouse.
Either of a pair of animals or birds that associate in order to propagate.
Either of a pair of animals brought together for breeding.

v.

To become joined in marriage.
To be paired for reproducing; breed.
To copulate.
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