Pronunciation Noun

pate (plural pates)

  1. (somewhat, archaic) The head, particularly the top or crown.
    He had a shiny, bald pate.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Psalms 7:16 ↗:
      His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
  2. (archaic) Wit, cleverness, cognitive abilities.
    • 1598, Love's Labour's Lost, by Shakespeare
      I am resolved; 'tis but a three years' fast:
      The mind shall banquet, though the body pine:
      Fat paunches have lean pates, and dainty bits
      Make rich the ribs, but bankrupt quite the wits.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 4 scene 1
      I thank thee for that jest: here's a garment
      for't: wit shall not go unrewarded while I am king of
      this country: 'Steal by line and level,' is an excellent
      pass of pate: there's another garment for't.
  • Russian: маку́шка
  • Spanish: corona
Translations Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈpæt.eɪ/, /pæˈteɪ/

pate (plural pates)

  1. Alternative spelling of pâté (finely-ground paste of meat, fish, etc.)
  2. The interior body, or non-rind portion of cheese, described by its texture, density, and color.

Proper noun
  1. An island in Kenya.
  2. Surname

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