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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It's carried by animals, including cattle, sheep, and goats. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Trash your romaine lettuce and don’t eat any in restaurants, says the CDC," 21 Nov. 2018 Over the past seven years, Segera has undergone its own rewilding, thanks to the vision of its owner, Jochen Zeitz, who has removed all fences on this former cattle farm and reintroduced game, while rehabilitating overgrazed lands. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "Editor's Letter: The Wisdom of the Wild," 10 Oct. 2018 The cattle, fondly called Belties, were first brought to the village in 1982 and now roam the Relais & Chateaux estate. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "17 Hotels Around the World With Pets in Residence," 25 July 2018 Median list price for the county: $238,000 Harney County: A 2,222-acre hay and cattle farm in Burns is listed at $6.5 million. Janet Eastman,, "The most expensive homes in each of Oregon's counties (photos)," 12 June 2018 Housed on a cattle farm that dates back to 1760, the alternative environment lends itself to an intimate experience. Jaimie Potters, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is The Small British Town You Haven’t Heard of–But Need to Visit," 31 May 2018 In both ads, Ivey is telling about growing up on a cattle farm in Camden in rural Wilcox County. Paul Gattis,, "Gov. Kay Ivey still talking about 'mountain oysters' in campaign," 25 Apr. 2018 Anthony is painfully shy and has spent his entire life on a cattle farm. Randall G. Mielke, Wheaton Glen Ellyn, "Love takes the long way round in 'Outside Mullingar'," 19 Apr. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cattle

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


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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something valued as if it were money

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