Meaning of “cattle” in the English Dictionary

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"cattle" in British English

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cattlenoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈkæt.əl/ us /ˈkæt̬.əl/

B1 cows and bulls that are kept for their milk or meat:

beef/dairy cattle

More examples

  • These cattle are being fattened up for slaughter.
  • The farmer grazes cattle on this land in the summer months.
  • Scientists have warned that the use of growth hormones to make cattle grow more quickly may result in a health risk for consumers.
  • Lassos are used particularly by cowboys to catch cattle and horses.
  • Some fields are planted with crops for several years, and then returned to pasture for the cattle.

(Definition of “cattle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cattle" in American English

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cattleplural noun

us /ˈkæt̬·əl/

large farm animals kept for their milk or meat; cows and bulls:

beef/dairy cattle

(Definition of “cattle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)