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noun (1)

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


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noun (2)

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


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noun (3)

Examples of pâté in a Sentence

Noun (2) plopped a cap on his bald pate
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History


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

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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 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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