Definition of cater-cornered in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkadēˌkôrnərd/
Pronunciation: /ˈkadərˌkôrnərd/
(also cater-corner or catty-cornered or kitty-corner)

adjective& adverb

Situated diagonally opposite someone or something: [as adjective]: a restaurant cater-cornered from the movie theater [as adverb]: motorcyclists cut cater-cornered across his yard
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  • But in front of an abandoned building kitty-corner from Johnnie's, ten young men in white T-shirts shift back and forth.
  • The house was kitty-corner from an elementary school.
  • I drove kitty-corner across the upper middle west, from L' Anse, Michigan, to Redfield, South Dakota.


Mid 19th century: from dialect cater 'diagonally', from cater denoting the four on dice, from French quatre 'four', from Latin quattuor.

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Syllabification: cat·er-cor·nered

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