a treatise; essay.

Origin of tractate

1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin tractātus, Latin: handling, treatment, equivalent to tractā(re) to handle, treat (frequentative of trahere to draw) + -tus suffix of v. action Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tractate

Historical Examples of tractate

  • Then there is a commentary on the "Cantica of Avicenna," and a tractate on the "Theriac."

  • The tractate, De Erroribus Philosophorum, is attributed to him.

  • The Mishnic tractate Sabbath stands at the head of twelve tractates on festivals.

    Flowers of Freethought

    George W. Foote

  • Hippocrates, in the tractate on "Ancient Medicine," has a splendid paragraph on the attitude of mind towards the men of the past.

  • The tractate is described as a very elaborate and learned compilation from the Fathers upon the sanctity of the Sabbath.

    East Anglia

    J. Ewing Ritchie

British Dictionary definitions for tractate



a short tract; treatise
Judaism one of the volumes of the Talmud

Word Origin for tractate

C15: from Latin tractātus, from tractāre to handle; see tractable
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