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A pâté cooked according to the recipe of a particular restaurant, charcutier, etc.
1940s; earliest use found in Mary McCarthy (1912–1989), writer and critic. From French pâté maison, also pâté de maison (not dated in dictionaries of French) from pâté + maison.
pâté maison/ˌpateɪ meɪˈzɒn/
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