Catamite Cat"a*mite (k[a^]t"[.a]*m[imac]t), n. [L. Catamitus, an old form of Ganymedes Ganymede, Gr. Ganymh`dhs.] A boy kept for unnatural purposes. [1913 Webster]

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  • catamite — (n.) 1590s, from L. Catamitus, Latin corruption of Ganymedes, the name of the beloved cup bearer of Jupiter (see GANYMEDE (Cf. Ganymede)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • catamite — [kat′ə mīt΄] n. [L Catamitus < Etr catmite < Gr Ganymēdēs, Ganymede] a boy used in pederasty …   English World dictionary

  • Catamite — A catamite is the younger partner in a pederastic relationship between two males, which was a popular arrangement in many areas of the ancient world.Kings and Emperors in the ancient world (depending on their sexual orientation) had not only… …   Wikipedia

  • catamite — noun /ˈkætəmaɪt/ The junior partner in a paederastic relationship. And what about your brother? –Is he to be a catamite? …   Wiktionary

  • catamite — noun Etymology: Latin catamitus, from Catamitus Ganymede, from Etruscan Catmite, from Greek Ganymēdēs Date: 1593 a boy kept by a pederast …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • catamite — /kat euh muyt /, n. a boy or youth who is in a sexual relationship with a man. [1585 95; < L Catamitus < Etruscan Catmite < Gk Ganymédes GANYMEDE] * * * …   Universalium

  • catamite — cat·a·mite kat ə .mīt n a boy kept by a pederast called also pathic Cat·a·mi·tus .kat ə mīt əs, mēt (Greek Gan·y·mede gan i .mēd) Greek mythological character. Ganymede was an attractive Trojan boy who was abducted to Olympus to become the… …   Medical dictionary

  • catamite — cat·a·mite || kætÉ™maɪt n. boy used in homosexual acts …   English contemporary dictionary

  • catamite — [ katəmʌɪt] noun archaic a boy kept for homosexual practices. Origin C16: from L. catamitus, via Etruscan from Gk Ganumēdēs Ganymede (the name of Zeus s cup bearer in Gk mythology) …   English new terms dictionary

  • catamite — cat·a·mite …   English syllables

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