- the crown or top of the head.
- the head.
- the brain.
Origin of pate
- porcelain paste used in ceramic work.
Origin of pâte
- French Cookery. a paste or spread made of puréed or finely chopped liver, meat, fish, game, etc., served as an hors d'oeuvre.
- foie gras.
Origin of pâté
Examples from the Web for pate
It is littered with pate rind, bread crumbs, greaseproof paper, orange peel and banana skins.Geoff Dyer's 'The Missing of the Somme' Reconsidered
November 11, 2011
Whether it is a simple roasted chicken, pate, or tuna Napoleon, each plate is a true culinary pleasure and delivers every time.Fresh Picks
January 13, 2011
As my horse crashed into him I struck at his pate with my pistol.The O'Ruddy
I say, I will make him eat some part of my leek, or I will peat his pate four days.
Ay, leeks is goot:—Hold you, there is a groat to heal your pate.
He applies the cudgel as vigorously to the priest's pate as to the Lolardes back.The Ship of Fools, Volume 1
Once he's got anything wedged in his pate there's no knocking it out.The Power of Darkness
- the head, esp with reference to baldness or (in facetious use) intelligence
- 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 and History for pate
"top of the head," early 14c. (late 12c. in surnames), of unknown origin; perhaps a shortened form of Old French patene or Medieval Latin patena, both from Latin patina "pan, dish" (see pan (n.)).
"paste," 1706, from French pâté, from Old French paste, earlier pastée, from paste (see paste (n.)).