Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 17th century
Related to evening dinner or supper.
Examples of Cenatory in a sentence
"Carl had what he called his “cenatory suit,” a dinner jacket he wore only to formal suppers."
"My brother always seemed to disappear at the cenatory hour, seemingly hiding from my mother’s calls to come inside."
Popularity Over Time
“Cenatory” is a modernization of the Latin “cēnātōrius,” meaning that which referred to dinner or the dining table. “Cēnātōrius” is closely related to the Latin verb “cenare” (meaning “to dine”) and the noun “cena,” meaning “dinner.”
Did you Know?
“Cenatory” entered English as an invention of Sir Thomas Browne (1606-1682), who also coined the words “medical,” “electricity,” “carnivorous,” “prairie”, “ferocious” — and nearly 800 others. Browne was a respected author, philosopher, and scientist who helped develop modern approaches to science as part of the 17th-century “scientific revolution.” He was especially known for skeptically applying an early form of the scientific method to question subjects like the existence of unicorns. In all his writings, Browne took pleasure in creating new English words out of Latin roots, and “cenatory” is one of hundreds of words Browne invented.