Definition of cater-cornered in English:


Syllabification: cat·er-cor·nered
Pronunciation: /ˈkatē ˌkôrnərd, ˈkatər
(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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of cater-cornered in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day noisome
Pronunciation: ˈnoisəm
having an extremely offensive smell