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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Fried replaced former Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, whose family’s citrus and cattle business helped provide him with a net worth of $8.9 million as of the end of 2018. Jim Turner,, "Millionaire’s row: All 3 Florida Cabinet members post net worth over 7 figures," 3 July 2019 Located along the tollway between Preston Road and Teel Parkway, the former Headquarters Ranch cattle spread is the largest land play left in Frisco's development. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Frisco's new Fields community will be the next top address for company moves," 1 July 2019 Brushfires set by farmers often incinerate what the cattle miss. Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, "World’s supply of frankincense could go up in smoke," 1 July 2019 Contact with infected cattle accounted for about 15% and contact with infected people in child-care settings accounted for about 13%, according to the report., "Crypto: Health authorities warn against microscopic parasite that lives in pools, water parks," 1 July 2019 Other Crypto outbreaks have been traced back to cattle farms, childcare centers and consumption of unpasteurized milk and apple cider, according to the CDC. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "A Fecal Parasite Is Causing More Disease Outbreaks, and Swimming Pools May Be to Blame, CDC Says," 1 July 2019 Eighty six cases involved contact with animals (primarily cattle). Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "CDC releases warning for 'crypto' fecal parasite in swimming pools," 1 July 2019 Eighty-six cases involved contact with animals, mostly cattle. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "CDC issues warning on 'crypto' fecal parasite that can live for days in swimming pools," 30 June 2019 About 40 cattle were in the Zumbro River about 5:30 a.m. near Oxbow Park, north of Byron, Minnesota, said Kevin Torgerson, sheriff of Olmsted County, Minnesota. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "Herd of cattle swept into river amid Minnesota flooding," 29 June 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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The first known use of cattle was in the 14th century

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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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