cattle

plural noun
cat·​tle | \ ˈka-tᵊl How to pronounce cattle (audio) \

Definition of cattle

1 : domesticated quadrupeds held as property or raised for use specifically : bovine animals on a farm or ranch
2 : human beings especially en masse

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Swollen rivers in Nebraska, Iowa and other states after months of heavy snow and rain have swamped grain bins and washed away cattle. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Floods Deal a New Blow to the Farm Belt," 28 Mar. 2019 Born in Tucson, Arizona, Udall hails from a ranching family that once drove cattle across territorial New Mexico. Morgan Lee, The Seattle Times, "New Mexico senator, conservationist won’t run again in 2020," 25 Mar. 2019 But Robertson also revived the farm, with Black Angus cattle and breeding ewes roaming the well-tended pastures. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "We Should All Just Move to New Zealand," 17 Jan. 2019 These cattle from Silver Fern Farms are raised in the green pastures of New Zealand, producing a robust, grassy flavor. Ashley Mason, Bon Appetit, "7 Online Butchers That Bring Quality Meat to Your Doorstep," 22 June 2018 One of seven ranches Mr. Crosby operated in the area, the property spans about 3,000 acres and includes a working cattle ranch, a private airstrip and airplane hangar and various structures for ranch operations and hay barns. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Remote Nevada Ranch, Once Bing Crosby’s Hideaway, Goes Up for Sale," 14 Feb. 2019 The Maasai, hundreds of thousands of cattle herders who inhabit the savannah in southern Kenya and parts of neighboring northern Tanzania, need land to graze their animals and maintain their pastoralist lifestyle. Washington Post, "Tanzania’s Maasai evicted in favor of tourism, group says," 12 May 2018 The Maasai, hundreds of thousands of cattle herders who inhabit the savannah in southern Kenya and parts of neighboring northern Tanzania, need land to graze their animals and maintain their pastoralist lifestyle. Rodney Muhumuza, Fox News, "Tanzania's Maasai evicted in favor of tourism, group says," 11 May 2018 The Maasai, hundreds of thousands of cattle herders who inhabit the savannah in southern Kenya and parts of neighboring northern Tanzania, need land to graze their animals and maintain their pastoralist lifestyle. Rodney Muhumuza, chicagotribune.com, "Thousands homeless as Tanzania's government burns houses to keep savannah open for tourism: report," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of cattle

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cattle

Middle English catel, from Anglo-French katil, chatel personal property, from Medieval Latin capitale, from Latin, neuter of capitalis of the head — more at capital

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The first known use of cattle was in the 14th century

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cattle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cattle

: cows, bulls, or steers that are kept on a farm or ranch for meat or milk

cattle

noun
cat·​tle | \ ˈka-tᵊl How to pronounce cattle (audio) \
plural cattle

Kids Definition of cattle

: domestic animals with four feet and especially cows, bulls, and calves

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