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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
pate
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
bald
▪ Not the bottle that guarantees to turn your grey hair black or make your bald pate sprout again, but something else.
▪ Beards wagged, and noodles dangled over them. Bald pates glowed; eyeglasses glistened.
▪ The sun was behind him and she could see the glare that shone on his bald pate.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A good pate should contain at least one-third fat; otherwise it tends to be dry and tough.
▪ Bald pates glowed; eyeglasses glistened.
▪ His pate was bald, encircled by a monk-like fringe of hair.
▪ Originally a pate was a meat mixture baked in a pastry crust.
▪ Princes has introduced a new veggie range of spreads and pates.
▪ The eyes had sunken in and the skull was showing through the thinning hair of the pate.
▪ The problem is that religion delivered as a sound bite is sort of like pate from a drive-through window.
▪ There were crisp fresh rolls, smoked fish and swimming olives, two kinds of pate and chilled Sancerre.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Pate

Pate \Pate\, n. [Cf. LG. & Prov. G. pattkopf, patzkopf, scabby head; patt, patz, scab + kopf head.]

  1. The head of a person; the top, or crown, of the head. [Now generally used in contempt or ridicule.]

    His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
    --Ps. vii. 16.

    Fat paunches have lean pate.
    --Shak.

  2. The skin of a calf's head.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
pate

"top of the head," early 14c. (late 12c. in surnames), of unknown origin; perhaps a shortened form of Old French patene or Medieval Latin patena, both from Latin patina "pan, dish" (see pan (n.)).

pate

"paste," 1706, from French pâté, from Old French paste, earlier pastée, from paste (see paste (n.)).

Wiktionary
pate

Etymology 1 n. 1 (context somewhat archaic English) The head, particularly the top or crown. 2 (context archaic English) Wit, cleverness, cognitive abilities. Etymology 2

n. 1 (alternative spelling of pâté English) (finely-ground paste of meat, fish, etc.) 2 The interior body, or non-rind portion of cheese, described by its texture, density, and color.

WordNet
pate
  1. n. liver or meat or fowl finely minced or ground and variously seasoned

  2. the top of the head [syn: poll, crown]

Wikipedia
Pâté

Pâté is a mixture of cooked ground meat and fat minced into a spreadable paste. Common additions include vegetables, herbs, spices, and either wine or brandy (often cognac or armagnac). Pâté can be served either hot or cold, but it is considered to develop its fullest flavor after a few days of chilling.

PATE

PATE may refer to:

  • Pectate disaccharide-lyase, an enzyme
  • The ICAO airport code of Teller Airport, Teller, Alaska
Pate (instrument)

The Pātē is a percussion instrument of Cook Islands Māori origin, named after the Māori word for "beat" or "pulse". It is of the slit drum family, and therefore is also of the idiophone percussion family. It is made from a hollowed-out log, usually of Miro wood and produces a distinctive and loud sound. Different sizes of pate offer different pitches and volumes, as well as striking the pate in the middle or near the ends.

It was introduced to Sāmoa by Cook Islands missionaries from Rarotonga intended to be used to call meetings in the Sāmoan villages. In recent times however it has replaced the traditional Sāmoan fala as a musical instrument. Because of the widespread distribution of Sāmoan music, the use of the Pātē has gained much popularity among other Western Polynesians such as Tokelau and Niue.

Unfortunately this has led to the cultural authenticity and integrity of Cook Islands drumming to be disentegrated to a certain extent because of the uniqueness of the Pātē's sound being heavily generalised as "Polynesian". Within this foreign environment the Pātē simply provides a beat, however its origins have deep spiritual roots that are still found in Cook Islands drumming today.

Pâté (film)

Pâté is a short film by Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win several prestigious awards including NYU's Wasserman Award, the Fielle d'Or at the Beverly Hills Film Festival, The Grand Jury Prize at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, Award for Excellence from New York Magazine and the Special Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival.

Usage examples of "pate".

His long, good-natured face was seamed with age around the eyes and brow, and his short beard and the curling hair that thickly fringed his balding pate were silvery white, yet he stood as straight and easy as Alec himself.

The large platter also contained smoked salmon, pickled herring, liver pate, melba toast, bagels and cream cheese, artichoke hearts and slices of Kiwi fruit and papaya.

Irritably Ori ran his right hand over the stubble already covering his shaven pate and face, his left shoulder bandaged and arm still in a sling.

Burnfingers Begay waited until everyone else had put in their order before calmly requesting tenderloin of venison filled with trout pate beneath a sour cream-champagne sauce, potatoes au gratin on the side, and haricots verts accompanied by a 1948 Bavarian Liebfraumilch.

In the end they decided to have them both, with one of her renowned liver pates for starters, followed by Canard Sauce Bigarade, which when she described it in her soft Scots voice sounded mouth watering as well as presenting an elegant appearance.

Pate Birnie was a celebrated fiddler or violinist who resided in Kinghorn, Fifeshire.

Whereupon, with a serene and cheerful countenance, up rose the mighty form of Amyas Leigh, a head and shoulders above his tormentor, and that slate descended on the bald coxcomb of Sir Vindex Brimblecombe, with so shrewd a blow that slate and pate cracked at the same instant, and the poor pedagogue dropped to the floor, and lay for dead.

Mr Fegs, was even better, for he was so good-tempered, and kindly, and complying, that the very callants at the grammar school had nicknamed him Barley-sugar Pate.

I was getting used to, Italian focaccia bread and pate and a mad-sounding French cheese called Terroir, peaches and bananas and Greek yoghurt.

Along each side of the long center aisle there were stalls selling yogurt with fruit topping, kielbasy on a roll with sauerkraut, lobster rolls, submarine sandwiches, French bread, country pate, Greek salad, sweet and sour chicken, baklava, cookies, bagels, oysters, cheese, fresh fruit on a stick, ice cream, cheesecake, barbecued chicken, pizza, doughnuts, cookies, galantine of duck, roast beef sandwiches with chutney on fresh-baked bread, bean sprouts, dried peaches, jumbo cashews and other nuts.

Pate maks the fool forget his freaks, Maks baxter bodies burn their bakes, And gowkies gie their hame the glaiks, And follow Patie Birnie.

He assured me he had sent large consignments to America, and with the exception of some losses by shipwreck all the pates had arrived in excellent condition.

The filet of baby dewback with caper sauce and fleik-liver pate was the best Trevagg had ever eaten, and when Nightlity hooned, with modestly downcast eyes, that virgins of her people were only permitted fruits and vegetables, Porcellus outdid himself in the production of four courses of lipana berries and honey, puptons of dried magicots and psibara, a baked felbar with savory cream, and staggeringly good bread pudding for dessert.

Between them, side dishes were set on the table: pigeons a la Crapaudine, petits pates, a matelot of eels, and a fricassee of chicken.

Above the shirt collar, Meldon saw a moonish face with bulging eyes, topped by a baldish pate.