cattle

plural noun cat·tle \ ˈka-tᵊl \
|Updated on: 8 Jun 2018

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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Origin and Etymology of 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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CATTLE Defined for English Language Learners

cattle

Definition of cattle for English Language Learners

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


CATTLE Defined for Kids

cattle

noun cat·tle \ ˈka-tᵊl \

Definition of cattle for Students

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


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