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pate

noun \ ˈpāt \

Definition of pate

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

pated

play \ˈpā-təd\ adjective

Examples of pate in a Sentence

  1. plopped a cap on his bald pate

Origin and Etymology of pate

Middle English

First Known Use: 14th century

pate Synonyms

Synonyms
bean, block [slang], dome, mazard (or mazzard) [chiefly dialect], nob, noddle, noggin, noodle, nut [slang], head, poll
Related Words
cranium, crown, scalp, skull; occiput

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pâte

noun \ ˈpät \

Definition of pâte

: paste 2b

Origin and Etymology of pâte

French, literally, paste, from Old French paste

First Known Use: 1863


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pâté

noun pâ·té \ pä-ˈtā , pa- \
variants: or less commonly pate

Definition of pâté

1 : a meat or fish pie or patty
2 : a spread of finely chopped or pureed seasoned meat
  • chicken liver pâté

Origin and Etymology of pâté

French, from Middle French pasté — more at pasty

First Known Use: 1706



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