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pate

[ peyt ]
/ peɪt /
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noun
the crown or top of the head.
the head.
the brain.

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Origin of pate

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English, of uncertain origin

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pate

pate , pâte, pâté

Other definitions for pate (2 of 3)

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 Cooking. 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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pâté

pate, pâte, pâté

Other definitions for pate (3 of 3)

pâte
[ paht ]
/ pɑt /

noun
porcelain paste used in ceramic work.

Origin of pâte

First recorded in 1860–65; from French: literally, “dough, batter, paste”; see origin at paste

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pâte

pate, pâte , pâté
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British Dictionary definitions for pate (1 of 2)

pate
/ (peɪt) /

noun
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)

pâté
/ (ˈpæteɪ, French pɑte) /

noun
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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