AskDefine | Define cate

User Contributed Dictionary



Apheticised from acate.


  • /keɪt/


  1. A delicacy or item of food.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 101:
      Have we not heard of divers most fertile regions, plenteously yeelding al maner of necessary victuals, where neverthelesse the most ordinary cates [tr. méz] and daintiest dishes, were but bread, water-cresses, and water?
    • 1985, Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked:
      He did not at first produce the cates and vintages they expected; they looked, most of them, puzzled at the lack of materials of revelry.

Usage notes

  • Usually used in the plural form "cates"

Extensive Definition

Cate is a given name or surname, and may refer to:
In Public life:
  • Cate Renkas (born 1964), Breast Cancer Survivor and Motivational Speaker for Self Affirmation through Crisis
In film and television:
  • Cate Blanchett (born 1969), Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning Australian actress
  • Cate Shortland (born 1968), Australian writer and director of film and television
  • Keith Cate, main anchor for WFLA-TV in Tampa Bay, Florida since 2000
In literature:
In other fields:
  • Cate Edwards (born 1982), the oldest daughter of John Edwards
  • Cate School, four-year, coeducational, college-preparatory boarding school outside Santa Barbara
  • George W. Cate (1825-1905), American politician
  • James L. Cate, Air Force intelligence official and part of the Air Force Historical Division during World War II
  • Troy Cate (born 1980), American baseball player
  • Henk ten Cate (born 1954), is a Dutch football manager, and a former professional player
cate in German: Cate
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