pâté

1 of 3

noun (1)

pâ·​té pä-ˈtā How to pronounce pâté (audio)
pa-
variants or less commonly pate
1
: a spread of finely chopped or pureed seasoned meat
chicken liver pâté
2
: a meat or fish pie or patty

pate

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noun (2)

1
: head
A hat covered his bald pate.
2
: the crown of the head
combed his hair across his pate
3
usually disparaging : brain
pated adjective

pâte

3 of 3

noun (3)

Example Sentences

Noun (2) plopped a cap on his bald pate

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

French, from Middle French pasté — more at pasty

Noun (2)

Middle English

Noun (3)

French, literally, paste, from Old French paste

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pâté was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near pâté

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Cite this Entry

“Pâté.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/p%C3%A2t%C3%A9. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

pate

noun
: head entry 1 sense 1
especially : the top of the head
pated adjective
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