noun(usually cates) archaic
A choice food; a delicacy.
- Petruccio's schooling of Kate on the proper consumption of household goods or ‘cates’ advances the central thesis of this book: that proper wives were created through proper management of proper goods.
- Those responsible for Kiss Me, Kate seem to have mistakenly based it on a line from The Comedy of Errors: ‘But though my cates be mean, take them in good part.’
- The further association between "cate" as culinary delicacy and as "cat" in need of taming is made by Petruchio later in the same scene.
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