• The head, particularly the top or crown.
  • Wit, cleverness, cognitive abilities.
  • Alternate spelling of pâté (finely-ground paste of meat, fish, etc.)
  • The interior body, or non-rind portion of cheese, described by its texture, density, and color.


  • From Middle English pate, of uncertain origin. Perhaps a shortened form of Old French patene or Medieval Latin patena, both from Latin patina. Alternatively, perhaps akin to Old Frisian pote.
  • Attested since circa 1700, from French pâté, from Old French paste, pastée. pâté.

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