[ peyt ]
/ peɪt /


the crown or top of the head.
the head.
the brain.


Nearby words

  1. patchstand,
  2. patchwork,
  3. patchy,
  4. patd,
  5. patd.,
  6. patella,
  7. patellar fossa of vitreous,
  8. patellar ligament,
  9. patellar reflex,
  10. patellate

Origin of pate

1275–1325; Middle English, < ?

Can be confusedpaddy pate pâte pâté


[ paht ]
/ pɑt /


porcelain paste used in ceramic work.

Origin of pâte

From French, dating back to 1860–65; see origin at paste

Can be confusedpaddy pate pâte pâté


[ pah-tey, pa‐; French pah-tey, pa‐ ]
/ pɑˈteɪ, pæ‐; French pɑˈteɪ, pæ‐ /

noun, plural pâ·tés [pah-teyz, pa‐; French pah-tey] /pɑˈteɪz, pæ‐; French pɑˈteɪ/,

French Cookery. a paste or spread made of puréed or finely chopped liver, meat, fish, game, etc., served as an hors d'oeuvre.

Origin of pâté

From French, dating back to 1695–1705; see origin at paste, -ee

Can be confusedpaddy pate pâte pâté Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pate


/ (peɪt) /


the head, esp with reference to baldness or (in facetious use) intelligence

Word Origin for pate

C14: of unknown origin


/ (ˈpæteɪ, French pɑte) /


a spread of very finely minced liver, poultry, etc, served usually as an hors d'oeuvre
a savoury pie of meat or fish

Word Origin for pâté

from French: paste 1

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