Definition of cater-cornered in English:


(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’
    ‘parking is available cater-corner to the restaurant’
    ‘there were two young women across from me in cater-corner seats’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This cavernous space cater-corner to SFMOMA has become a hugely popular hangout for hipsters and foodies alike.’
    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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Mid 19th century: from dialect cater ‘diagonally’, from cater denoting the four on dice, from French quatre ‘four’, from Latin quattuor.