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)



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  • A delicacy, a dainty.

    October 26, 2008