Cater vs Cate - What's the difference?

cater | cate |

As a proper noun cater

is .

As a noun cate is




Etymology 1

From (etyl)


(en verb)
  • To provide food professionally for a special occasion.
  • Did you hire someone to cater our party next week?
  • To provide things to satisfy a person or a need, to serve.
  • I always wanted someone to cater to my every whim.
    Derived terms
    * caterer * cater for * cater to


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A provider; a purveyor; a caterer.
  • Etymology 2


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To cut diagonally.
  • (Halliwell)

    Etymology 3

    (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • The four of cards or dice.
  • (Webster 1913)


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    (en noun)
  • (in the plural) A delicacy or item of food.
  • * 1590s , (William Shakespeare), The Taming of the Shrew , First Folio 1623, Act I:
  • Kate of Kate-hall, my super-daintie Kate, / For dainties are all Kates , and therefore Kate / Take this of me, Kate of my consolation [...].
  • * 1603 , (John Florio), translating Michel de Montaigne, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 101:
  • Have we not heard of divers most fertile regions, plenteously yeelding al maner of necessary victuals, where neverthelesse the most ordinary cates and daintiest dishes, were but bread, water-cresses, and water?
  • * 1820 , (John Keats), The Eve of St. Agnes , l. 172-3:
  • All cates and dainties shall be storèd there / Quickly on this feast-night
  • * 1985 , (Anthony Burgess), Kingdom of the Wicked :
  • He did not at first produce the cates and vintages they expected; they looked, most of them, puzzled at the lack of materials of revelry.