Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

catena

play
noun ca·te·na \kə-ˈtē-nə\

Definition of catena

plural

catenae

play \-(ˌ)nē\ or

catenas

  1. :  a connected series of related things



Examples of catena in a sentence

  1. <a catena of lies that ultimately proved to be her undoing>



Origin and Etymology of catena

Medieval Latin, from Latin, chain


First Known Use: 1641


Learn More about catena


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up catena? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

different from the usual or normal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alphabet-pasta-spelling-help

Which is the correct spelling?

acommadate accomodate acommodate accommodate
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ