noun (1)
\ ˈkāt, usually -āt+V \
plural -s

Definition of kate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 dialectal, England : hawfinch


noun (2)
Kâ·​te | \ ˈkätə \
plural Kâte or Kâtes

Definition of Kâte (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a people of the Huon peninsula of the Territory of New Guinea
b : a member of such people
2 : the Papuan language of the Kâte people

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History and Etymology for kate

Noun (1)

from Kate, nickname for the name Catherine

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“Kate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kate. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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