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Cato typically refers to either Cato the Elder or Cato the Younger, both of the Porcii Catones family of Rome.

It may also refer to any of the following:


Romans, in the family Porcii Catones

Sometimes associated with the family Porcii

  • Dionysius Cato, 3rd or 4th century AD author of Distichs of Cato, previously assumed to have been the work of Cato the Elder, or even possibly Cato the Younger




  • Cato the anti-Federalist, pseudonym for an American author of Anti-Federalist Papers in the late 1780s, probably the politician George Clinton
  • Cato, an alternate name, possibly erroneous, for the leader of the Stono slave rebellion
  • Cato, the pseudonym for the authors of the 1940s polemic Guilty Men—Michael Foot, Frank Owen, Peter Howard


  • Cato Fong, Inspector Clouseau's manservant in the Pink Panther movies
  • Cato, the male tribute from District 2 in The Hunger Games



United States

South Africa


  • Distichs of Cato, or simply Cato, a Latin collection of proverbial wisdom and morality from the 3rd or 4th century AD author Dionysius Cato
  • Cato's Letters, a series of classical liberal essays by British writers John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon written in the 1720s
  • Cato, a Tragedy, 18th century drama by Joseph Addison, based on the life of Cato the Younger




  • CATO, an acronym used in rocketry, for Catastrophe At Take Off—the catastrophic failure of a rocket engine.
  • CATO, an acronym for Catapult Assisted take off
  • Corazón Artificial Total Ortotópico (Spanish for Orthotopic Total Artificial Heart) invented by Dr. Juan Giambruno

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