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[kat-uh-mahyt] /ˈkæt əˌmaɪt/
a boy or youth who is in a sexual relationship with a man.
Origin of catamite
1585-95; < Latin Catamītus < Etruscan Catmite < Greek Ganymḗdēs Ganymede Unabridged
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  • catamite, mistakenly read as khz on f. 112b (Mmoires ii, 82).

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • Then a catamite appeared, clad in a myrtle-colored frieze robe, and girded round with a belt.

    The Satyricon, Complete Petronius Arbiter
  • A catamite appeared, the stalest of all mankind, well worthy of that house.

    The Satyricon, Complete Petronius Arbiter
  • He had been in the intimate service of the Tarkhn begs, indeed had been a catamite.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
British Dictionary definitions for catamite


a boy kept for homosexual purposes
Word Origin
C16: from Latin Catamītus, variant of GanymēdēsGanymede1
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Word Origin and History for catamite

"boy used in pederasty," 1590s, from Latin Catamitus, corruption of Ganymedes, the name of the beloved cup-bearer of Jupiter (see Ganymede). Cicero used it as a contemptuous insult against Antonius.

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