One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adverb & adjectiveNorth 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’‘parking is available cater-corner to the restaurant’‘there were two young women across from me in cater-corner seats’
oblique, sloping, at an angle, angled, not straight, on an incline, inclined, tilting, tilted, atilt, slanted, aslant, slantwise, diagonal, canted, cambered, leaning, dipping, shelving, listingView synonyms
- ‘The house was kitty-corner from an elementary school.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I drove kitty-corner across the upper middle west, from L' Anse, Michigan, to Redfield, South Dakota.’
- ‘But in front of an abandoned building kitty-corner from Johnnie's, ten young men in white T-shirts shift back and forth.’
- ‘This cavernous space cater-corner to SFMOMA has become a hugely popular hangout for hipsters and foodies alike.’
Mid 19th century: from dialect cater ‘diagonally’, from cater denoting the four on dice, from French quatre ‘four’, from Latin quattuor.
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