[ mah-tey, mat-ey, mah-tey ]
/ ˈmɑ teɪ, ˈmæt eɪ, mɑˈteɪ /
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.
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Origin of maté
1710–20; < American Spanish mate, orig. the vessel in which the herb is steeped < Quechua mati
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British Dictionary definitions for maté (1 of 3)
/ (ˈmɑːteɪ, ˈmæteɪ) /
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
British Dictionary definitions for maté (2 of 3)
/ (meɪt) /
the sexual partner of an animal
a marriage partner
- informal, mainly British, Australian and NZ a friend, usually of the same sex: often used between males in direct address
- (in combination) an associate, colleague, fellow sharer, etca classmate; a flatmate
one of a pair of matching items
- short for first mate
- any officer below the master on a commercial ship
- 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
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
British Dictionary definitions for maté (3 of 3)
/ (meɪt) /
chess See checkmate
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Medicine definitions for maté
[ māt ]
Either of a pair of animals or birds that associate in order to propagate.
Either of a pair of animals brought together for breeding.
To become joined in marriage.
To be paired for reproducing; breed.
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