1 of 3

noun (1)

plural -s
: whale


2 of 3

noun (2)

plural -s
of badgers


3 of 3

taxonomic synonym of cetacea

Word History


Noun (1)

Latin cetus

Noun (2)

perhaps from Latin coetus coming together, assembly, from coitus, past participle of coire to come together, from co- + ire to go

New Latin, from Latin (plural of cetus whale), from Greek kētē (plural of kētos sea monster, whale)

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near cete

Cite this Entry

“Cete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cete. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!