Definition of Cathay

1. Noun. A communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world.

Exact synonyms: China, Communist China, Mainland China, People's Republic Of China, Prc, Red China
Geographical relationships: Acupuncture, Stylostixis, Acupressure, G-jo, Shiatsu, Chinese Revolution, Yang, Yin, Feng Shui, Chinese, Sino-tibetan, Sino-tibetan Language, Cultural Revolution, Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, Dim Sum, Fortune Cookie, Brown Sauce, Chinese Brown Sauce, Egg Foo Yong, Egg Fu Yung, Egg Roll, Spring Roll, Red Guard, Falun Gong, Hangchow, Hangzhou, Yalu, Yalu River, I. M. Pei, Ieoh Ming Pei, Pei, Cattie, Catty, Ch'i, Chi, Ki, Qi
Terms within: Chinese Wall, Great Wall, Great Wall Of China, Manchuria, Beijing, Capital Of Red China, Peiping, Peking, Chongqing, Chungking, Canton, Guangzhou, Kuangchou, Kwangchow, Gansu, Gansu Province, Kansu, Hebei, Hebei Province, Hopeh, Hopei, Hunan, Hunan Province, Sichuan, Szechuan, Szechwan, Szechwan Province, Yunnan, Yunnan Province, Luda, Luta, Dairen, Dalian, Talien, Loyang, Luoyang, Lushun, Port Arthur, Hangchow, Hangzhou, Nan-chang, Nanchang, Nan-ning, Nanning, Nanjing, Nanking, Shanghai, Fengtien, Moukden, Mukden, Shenyang, Taiyuan, Tangshan, T'ien-ching, Tianjin, Tientsin, Grand Canal, Wuhan, Changan, Hsian, Sian, Singan, Xian, Sinkiang, Xinjiang, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, Inner Mongolia, Nei Monggol, Hong Kong, Gobi, Gobi Desert, Taklamakan Desert, Taklimakan Desert, Amur, Amur River, Heilong, Heilong Jiang, Bo Hai, Po Hai, Brahmaputra, Brahmaputra River, Gan Jiang, Kan River, Huang He, Hwang Ho, Yellow River, Kuenlun, Kuenlun Mountains, Kunlan Shan, Kunlun, Kunlun Mountains, Liaodong Bandao, Liaodong Peninsula, Mekong, Mekong River, Nan Ling, Pamir Mountains, The Pamirs, Poyang, Tien Shan, Tyan Shan, Chang, Chang Jiang, Changjiang, Yangtze, Yangtze Kiang, Yangtze River, Canton River, Chu Kiang, Pearl River, Zhu Jiang
Generic synonyms: Asian Country, Asian Nation
Group relationships: Asia
Member holonyms: Chinese

Definition of Cathay

1. n. China; -- an old name for the Celestial Empire, said have been introduced by Marco Polo and to be a corruption of the Tartar name for North China (Khitai, the country of the Khitans.)

Definition of Cathay

1. Proper noun. The name that was given to northern China by Marco Polo ¹

2. Proper noun. by extension, an alternate name for China. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cathay

Catharacta skua
Catharanthus alkaloids
Catharanthus roseus
Cathartes aura
Cathedral City
Catherine Howard
Catherine I
Catherine II
Catherine Parr
Catherine de Medicis
Catherine of Aragon
Catherine the Great

Literary usage of Cathay

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1833)
"And some of the Persian historians, writing at Tabriz, under the patronage of the Mongol princes, have told us much about cathay, ..."

2. Hakluytus posthumus: Contayning a History of the World in Sea Voyages and by Samuel Purchas (1906)
"From the Countries of cathay are brought thither in time of peace, and when the way is open, Muske, Rubarbe, Satten, Damaske, with divers other things. ..."

3. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville: The Version of the Cotton Manuscript in by John Mandeville, Willem van Ruysbroeck, Odorico (1905)
"... and the Lands and Kingdoms towards the Septentrional Parts, in coming down from the land of cathay THIS land of cathay is in Asia the deep; and after, ..."

4. The Historical Writings of John Fiske by John Fiske (1902)
"When this name reached European ears it became cathay, the name by which China was best cathay ' . , known in Europe during the next four centuries.1 In ..."

5. The Voiage and Travayle of Sir John Maundeville Knight: Which Treateth of by Sir John Mandeville (1887)
"Of other wayes comming from cathay toward the ... to come from the lands of cathay to the lands of Pruse & Rossy where Christen men dwel. ..."

6. Modern American Poetry by Louis Untermeyer (1921)
"Like the title-poem of his first volume, Merchants from cathay (1913), ... MERCHANTS FROM cathay HOW that Their heels slapped their bumping mules; ..."

7. Modern American Poetry by Louis Untermeyer (1921)
"Like the title-poem of his first volume, Merchants from cathay (1913), ... MERCHANTS FROM cathay They came. , . 7 ii , How that Their heels slapped their ..."

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