Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. The buttocks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the buttocks
  • n. The two anterior of the four lobes on the dorsal side of the midbrain of most mammals; the anterior optic lobes.
  • n. The umbones of a bivalve shell.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl.
  • n.pl. The buttocks.
  • n.pl. The two anterior of the four lobes on the dorsal side of the midbrain of most mammals; the anterior optic lobes.
  • n.pl. The umbones of a bivalve shell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The buttocks; the haunches; the gluteal region of the body; in man, the seat.
  • n. The larger, anterior pair of prominonces of the corpora quadrigemina or optic lobes of the brain in man and other mammals, the smaller, posterior pair being called the testes. See corpora quadrigemina, under corpus.
  • n. The umbones of a bivalve shell.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

Etymologies

Latin natēs, pl. of natis, buttock.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin nates (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • From this point of view the nates are a symbol of contempt, and any sexual significance is excluded.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 Erotic Symbolism; The Mechanism of Detumescence; The Psychic State in Pregnancy

  • Next day he interviewed his two subordi - nates, Manders and Reilly, reckless youngsters who were as elated as if it were a deer-hunt.

    Chennai

  • Morisons statement read: I found several superficial bruises on different parts of her body, and redness and tendency to excoriation about the nates, none of them at all connected with the cause of her death, which was occasioned by General Paralysis.

    Bedlam

  • Depilatus, divellere pilos, glaber, laevis and nates pervellere are allusions to the Sotadic toilette.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Pygisma = buttockry, because most actives end within the nates, being too much excited for further intromission.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Fistulae are produced by contusions and tubercles, and they are also occasioned by rowing, on horseback, when blood accumulates in the nates near the anus.

    On Fistulae

  • Jampridem et plagas ipsi in nates incussi sandalio.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • On the sixth day, was free of fever, did not sweat, had a crisis; the complaint about the nates came to a small suppuration, and burst at the crisis.

    Of The Epidemics

  • In the beginning of the fever, had a pain about the nates.

    Of The Epidemics

  • But it appears to me, that a canal which embraces the limb from the nates to the foot is of use.

    On Fractures

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  • Very cool. I might just start saying "nice nates!" – when appropriate, of course. Though I really want to prounce this word "naits" (to rhyme with "gates"), or to pronounce it "correctly" but spell it "naties"!

    June 18, 2008

  • pronounced /'neiti:z/

    June 18, 2008

  • The buttocks. Yes, that's what it means.

    February 23, 2007