[ peyt ]
/ peɪt /
the crown or top of the head.
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Origin of pate
First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English, of uncertain origin
Definition for pate (2 of 3)
[ 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 Cooking. a paste or spread made of puréed or finely chopped liver, meat, fish, game, etc., served as an hors d'oeuvre.
Definition for pate (3 of 3)
[ paht ]
/ pɑt /
porcelain paste used in ceramic work.
Origin of pâte
First recorded in 1860–65; from French: literally, “dough, batter, paste”; see origin at paste
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British Dictionary definitions for pate (1 of 2)
/ (peɪt) /
the head, esp with reference to baldness or (in facetious use) intelligence
Word Origin for pate
C14: of unknown origin
British Dictionary definitions for pate (2 of 2)
/ (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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