ca·​te·​na kə-ˈtē-nə How to pronounce catena (audio)
plural catenae kə-ˈtē-(ˌ)nē How to pronounce catena (audio) or catenas
: a connected series of related things

Examples of catena in a Sentence

a catena of lies that ultimately proved to be her undoing
Recent Examples on the Web Did someone say in his hearing that the word derived from the Latin catena (chain)? Christopher Benfey, The New York Review of Books, 20 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Medieval Latin, from Latin, chain

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of catena was in 1641

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Cite this Entry

“Catena.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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