Definition of catamite noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkætəmaɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəmaɪt//
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a boy kept as a slave for a man to have sex with Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin catamitus, via Etruscan from Greek Ganumēdēs, Ganymede, a Trojan youth who was so beautiful he was carried off to be Zeus' cup-bearer in Greek mythology.
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