One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A choice food; a delicacy.
choice food, gourmet food, dainty, treat, luxury, titbit, bonne boucheView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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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