cater from French 'quatre', four. + corner - Four cornered.
- Of or pertaining to something at a diagonal to another; of four corners, those diagonal to another.
#:The Empire State Building and the old Altman's Deparment store are catercorner, at Fifth Avenue and East 34th Street, with the ESB at the southwest, and Altman's at the northeast.
- Diagonally across from.
#:Altman's is sited catercorner to the ESB.
'folk etymology,' the ordinary users of the term cater-corner thought they detected an analogy to the ordinary domestic feline. Hence cater soon became 'catty' and eventually 'kitty.'
catty-corner, cattycorner, katty-corner
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