from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic A choice or dainty food; a delicacy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A delicacy or item of food.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Food.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An article of food; a viand; more particularly, rich, luxurious, or dainty food; a delicacy; a dainty: a later form of acate: most commonly used in the plural.
Short for acate, from Middle English acat, a purchase, from Norman French, from acater, to buy; see cater.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Aphetized from acate. (Wiktionary)