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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. buttocks; rump.
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Origin of nates

1675–85; < Latin natēs, plural of natis; generally used in the plural; akin to Greek nôton the back
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Historical Examples of nates

  • The forceps is also occasionally required in presentations of the face and nates.

    A System of Midwifery

    Edward Rigby

  • The boys patted Sandy again and again as they listened to Nates story.

  • I refer to the tendency of the nates to become a sexual fetich.

  • If the nates present, the state of the sphincter ani will be a sure guide in ascertaining whether the child be alive or not.

  • Who has not seen blows on the back and nates, by way of punishment, attended with such consequences?

    Apis Mellifica

    C. W. Wolf

British Dictionary definitions for nates


pl n singular -tis (-tɪs)
  1. a technical word for the buttocksSee buttock
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Word Origin for nates

C17: from Latin; compare Greek nōton back, nosthi buttocks
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nates in Medicine


  1. The buttocks.
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