What does mate mean?

Definitions for mate
ˈmɑ teɪ, ˈmæt eɪ, mɑˈteɪmate

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word mate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mate, first mate(noun)

    the officer below the master on a commercial ship

  2. teammate, mate(noun)

    a fellow member of a team

    "it was his first start against his former teammates"

  3. mate(noun)

    the partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner)

    "he loved the mare and all her mates"; "camels hate leaving their mates"

  4. spouse, partner, married person, mate, better half(noun)

    a person's partner in marriage

  5. match, mate(noun)

    an exact duplicate

    "when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"

  6. mate, fellow(noun)

    one of a pair

    "he lost the mate to his shoe"; "one eye was blue but its fellow was brown"

  7. mate, Paraguay tea, Ilex paraguariensis(noun)

    South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea

  8. mate(noun)

    informal term for a friend of the same sex

  9. mate(noun)

    South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate

  10. checkmate, mate(verb)

    a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king

  11. copulate, mate, pair, couple(verb)

    engage in sexual intercourse

    "Birds mate in the Spring"

  12. match, mate, couple, pair, twin(verb)

    bring two objects, ideas, or people together

    "This fact is coupled to the other one"; "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"; "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"

  13. checkmate, mate(verb)

    place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game

    "Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves"


  1. Mate(v. t.)

    To breed; to bring (animals) together for the purpose of breeding; as, she mated a doberman with a German shepherd.

  2. Mate(v. t.)

    To join together; to fit together; to connect; to link; as, he mated a saw blade to a broom handle to cut inaccessible branches.


  1. mate(Noun)

    , an aromatic tea-like drink prepared from the holly yerba maté (Ilex paraguariensis).

  2. mate(Noun)

    The abovementioned plant; the leaves and shoots used for the tea

  3. maté(Noun)

    An evergreen tree, Ilex paraguariensis, native to South America, cultivated for its leaves.

  4. maté(Noun)

    A beverage, resembling tea, made from the dried leaves of this plant.

  5. maté(Noun)

    A cup of this drink.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mate(noun)

    the Paraguay tea, being the dried leaf of the Brazilian holly (Ilex Paraguensis). The infusion has a pleasant odor, with an agreeable bitter taste, and is much used for tea in South America

  2. Mate(noun)

    same as Checkmate

  3. Mate(adj)

    see 2d Mat

  4. Mate(verb)

    to confuse; to confound

  5. Mate(verb)

    to checkmate

  6. Mate(noun)

    one who customarily associates with another; a companion; an associate; any object which is associated or combined with a similar object

  7. Mate(noun)

    hence, specifically, a husband or wife; and among the lower animals, one of a pair associated for propagation and the care of their young

  8. Mate(noun)

    a suitable companion; a match; an equal

  9. Mate(noun)

    an officer in a merchant vessel ranking next below the captain. If there are more than one bearing the title, they are called, respectively, first mate, second mate, third mate, etc. In the navy, a subordinate officer or assistant; as, master's mate; surgeon's mate

  10. Mate(verb)

    to match; to marry

  11. Mate(verb)

    to match one's self against; to oppose as equal; to compete with

  12. Mate(verb)

    to be or become a mate or mates, especially in sexual companionship; as, some birds mate for life; this bird will not mate with that one

  13. Origin: [Sp.]


  1. Mate

    Mate, also known as chimarrão or cimarrón, is a traditional South American infused drink, particularly in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and the southern states of Brazil and to a lesser degree in south of Chile, the Bolivian Chaco, Syria and Lebanon. It is prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water. Mate is served with a metal straw from a shared hollow calabash gourd. The straw is called a bombilla in some Latin American countries, a bomba in Portuguese, and a bombija or, more generally, a masassa in Arabic. The straw is traditionally made of silver. Modern, commercially available straws are typically made of nickel silver, called Alpaca; stainless steel, or hollow-stemmed cane. The gourd is known as a mate or a guampa; while in Brazil, it has the specific name of cuia, or also cabaça. Even if the water is supplied from a modern thermos, the infusion is traditionally drunk from mates or cuias.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mate

    māt, n. a companion: an equal: one of a pair, the male or female of animals that go in pairs: in a merchant-ship the first-mate is the second in command—in the navy the term is now confined to petty-officers, such as boatswain's mate, gunner's mate, &c.: an assistant, deputy.—v.t. to be equal to: to become a companion to: to marry.—adj. Mate′less, without a mate or companion. [A.S. ge-maca; Ice. maki, an equal, from the same root as make. Cf. match. Prob. mate in its naut. sense is Dutch—Old Dut. maet, mod. maat.]

  2. Mate

    māt, n. and v.t. in chess=Checkmate.

  3. Mate

    Maté, mä′tā, n. a South American species of holly, the leaves and green shoots of which, dried and roughly ground, furnish the yerba de mate of Paraguay and Brazil. [Sp. mate, orig. the vessel in which it was infused for drinking.]

  4. Mate

    māt, v.t. (Bacon) to weaken, to confound, to crush. [O. Fr. mater; cf. Sp. matar, to weaken.]

Editors Contribution

  1. mate

    two living species of opposite sex together by a union or marriage for the purpose of forming a family and through sexual intercourse maintaining its species in evolution.

    adam and eve

    Submitted by anonymous on February 15, 2014  

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1491

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mate' in Nouns Frequency: #1597

Anagrams for mate »

  1. meta, Meta

  2. tame

  3. team

  4. meat

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of mate in a Sentence

  1. Mauricio Macri:

    My running mate will be Gabriela Michetti.

  2. Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean:

    Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.

  3. Hesiod:

    Try to take for a mate a person of your own neighborhood.

  4. That Swaffer:

    Izabela was his soul mate in more ways than one can count.

  5. Peckish Erast Zubarev:

    I was told by my mate it was a parasitic threadworm that lives in the intestine.

Images & Illustrations of mate

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Translations for mate

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  • زميلArabic
  • Kumpel, Maat, paarenGerman
  • ζευγαρώνω, υποπλοίαρχος, ταίρι, φίλος, συνεργάτης, συνάδελφος, συνέταιρος, σύντροφοςGreek
  • parejaSpanish
  • رفیقPersian
  • perämies, toveri, apumies, [[tehdä]] [[matti]], kaveri, matruusi, pariFinnish
  • accoupler, copain, camaradeFrench
  • 友達, 相手Japanese
  • mateLatin
  • e hoa, meteMāori
  • awan, pasangan, awankanMalay
  • paren, paringsgezel, gezel, makker, gabber, maat, scheepsmaat, kameraad, gast, koppelen, partnerDutch
  • товарищ, друг, помощник капитана, самец, напарница, спаривать, самка, напарник, пара, спариваться, поставить мат, приятельRussian
  • çiftTurkish

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