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A choice food; a delicacy.
choice food, gourmet food, dainty, treat, luxury, titbit, bonne boucheView synonyms
- ‘Petruccio's schooling of Kate on the proper consumption of household goods or ‘cates’ advances the central thesis of this book: that proper wives were created through proper management of proper goods.’
- ‘Those responsible for Kiss Me, Kate seem to have mistakenly based it on a line from The Comedy of Errors: ‘But though my cates be mean, take them in good part.’’
- ‘The further association between "cate" as culinary delicacy and as "cat" in need of taming is made by Petruchio later in the same scene.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘selling, a bargain’): from obsolete acate ‘purchasing, things purchased’, from Old French acat, achat, from acater, achater buy, based on Latin captare seize, from capere take.
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