1

alate

play
adjective \ˈā-ˌlāt\

Definition of alate

  1. :  having wings or a winglike part

Origin and Etymology of alate

Latin alatus, from ala


2

alate

noun

Definition of alate

  1. :  a winged insect (such as an ant or termite) of a kind having winged and wingless forms

Recent Examples of alate from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'alate'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of alate

1941


Learn More about alate


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up alate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to counsel, recommend, or inform

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!