noun \ˈspāt\

: a large number of things that appear or happen in a short period of time

Full Definition of SPATE

:  freshet, flood
a :  a large number or amount <a spate of books on gardening>
b :  a sudden or strong outburst :  rush <a spate of anger>

Examples of SPATE

  1. A spate of books on the subject have come out recently.
  2. There was a spate of corporate mergers in the 1980s.

Origin of SPATE

Middle English
First Known Use: 15th century


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