cattle etymology

English word cattle comes from Anglo-Norman catel

Detailed word origin of cattle

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
catel Anglo-Norman (xno)
catel Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
cattle English (eng) (obsolete, English law, sometimes, _, countable) chattel. (pejorative, figuratively) People who resemble domesticated bovine animals in behavior or destiny.. (uncountable, rare) Used in restricted contexts to refer to the meat derived from cattle.. Certain other livestock, such as sheep, pigs or horses.. Domesticated bovine animals (cows, bulls, steers etc).