Definition of cater-cornered in English:

cater-cornered

(also cater-corner)

adverb & adjective

North American
  • Situated diagonally opposite someone or something.

    as adverb ‘apartments in the renovated building cater-cornered from the church’
    as adjective ‘a cater-cornered shortcut’
    • ‘The cathedral will be able to afford to build a new parish house - the project that originally sparked the lengthy row - and Context will build a 45-storey condo tower rising kitty-corner from the church.’
    • ‘The house was kitty-corner from an elementary school.’
    • ‘This cavernous space cater-corner to SFMOMA has become a hugely popular hangout for hipsters and foodies alike.’
    • ‘But in front of an abandoned building kitty-corner from Johnnie's, ten young men in white T-shirts shift back and forth.’
    • ‘I drove kitty-corner across the upper middle west, from L' Anse, Michigan, to Redfield, South Dakota.’
    oblique, sloping, at an angle, angled, not straight, on an incline, inclined, tilting, tilted, atilt, slanted, aslant, slantwise, diagonal, canted, cambered, leaning, dipping, shelving, listing
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from dialect cater ‘diagonally’, from cater denoting the four on dice, from French quatre ‘four’, from Latin quattuor.

Pronunciation

cater-cornered

/ˈkeɪtəˌkɔːnəd/