lam·​i·​nate | \ ˈla-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce laminate (audio) \
laminated; laminating

Definition of laminate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to roll or compress into a thin plate
2 : to separate into laminae
3a : to make (something, such as a windshield) by uniting superposed layers of one or more materials
b : to unite (layers of material) by an adhesive or other means

intransitive verb

: to divide into laminae


lam·​i·​nate | \ ˈla-mə-nət How to pronounce laminate (audio) , -ˌnāt \

Definition of laminate (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : consisting of laminae
2 : bearing or covered with laminae


lam·​i·​nate | \ ˈla-mə-nət How to pronounce laminate (audio) , -ˌnāt \

Definition of laminate (Entry 3 of 3)

: a product made by laminating

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laminator \ ˈla-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce laminate (audio) \ noun

Examples of laminate in a Sentence

Noun The kitchen counters are made of plastic laminate.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Despite the wide variety of residential flooring products now available—laminate, bamboo, tile, vinyl, wood, stone, and cork—carpeting remains extremely popular. Brett Martin, Popular Mechanics, "10 Carpet-Cleaning Secrets From the Pros," 9 Apr. 2021 The office supply chain Staples has offered to laminate the card for free, which adds to the appeal. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "How and why to protect your vaccine card," 7 Apr. 2021 Now, health officials are advising people not to laminate their cards either. Leada Gore |, al, "Why you shouldn’t laminate your COVID vaccine card," 5 Apr. 2021 To keep the vaccine cards safe and in good condition, some people decided to laminate their cards, but this may not be the best idea. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "What to know about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opening up to ages 16+," 5 Apr. 2021 These will substantially help vacuum cleaning of different types of surfaces, objects, and furniture including the hard floor, carpet, tile floor, marble floor, laminate, vinyl, linoleum bed, sofa, and even the interior of a vehicle. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Save 20% on an awesome cordless stick vacuum with 3 great features you won’t find on rivals," 2 Apr. 2021 To protect the cards from damage, Staples is offering to laminate them at no charge after customers have received their final dose. New York Times, "Free With Your Covid Shot: Beer, Arcade Tokens and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts," 24 Mar. 2021 Counters: Use a clean, soft cotton cloth with water and a mild, non-chemical liquid detergent to wipe down Formica laminate. oregonlive, "How to give your kitchen the best spring cleaning," 23 Mar. 2021 Hardwood flooring is sold in three versions: real, engineered and laminate. Washington Post, "If indoor allergies are bringing you down, you might want to look at your flooring," 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Don’t use cleaners containing acid, alkali or sodium hypochlorite that will mar, etch, corrode and permanently discolor the laminate surface, says the Formica company. oregonlive, "How to give your kitchen the best spring cleaning," 23 Mar. 2021 Finished with a laminate coating to ward off stains, scratches, and fading, the water-resistant tiles are designed to stand up well in high-traffic areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and mudrooms. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "This New Peel-and-Stick Tile Makes It So Easy to Refresh Your Floors with Bold Style," 23 Mar. 2021 Per HomeAdvisor, laminate wood—a good choice for anyone worried about durability—can be installed in a 1,000 square foot space for around $5,500, and comes in a huge variety of shades and styles. Angela Serratore, House Beautiful, "A Designer's Guide to Renovations at Any Budget," 14 Aug. 2020 The ranch-style house, built in 1976 on a 7,405-square-foot lot, has laminate hardwood floors, a sunken living room with a fireplace, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 1,120 square feet of living space. oregonlive, "On the market: Portland homes for sale with the top 10 trends for 2021," 21 Dec. 2020 The couple said neighbors' smoking has cost them thousands of dollars in air purifiers, an air quality test and replacing their carpet with laminate flooring. Shannon Prather, Star Tribune, "St. Paul condo sellers must disclose smoking policy to buyers," 6 Jan. 2021 While vinyl and laminate flooring tend to be easier to install on your own, other materials like hardwood, tile, and carpet may prove more trouble than their worth to DIY without the help of a professional. Sarah Baird, Good Housekeeping, "Installation," 14 Sep. 2020 In 2019, Norway built the world’s tallest building made of wood, an 18-story low-rise, using these light laminate beams. Washington Post, "How wood shaped human history, from spears to boats to books," 31 Dec. 2020 The single-level house on 0.48 acres has upgraded laminate wood flooring and an open great room with large windows and a vaulted ceiling. oregonlive, "Top 20 most-viewed Oregon homes for sale: Remodels, mansions, farmhouses, floating homes," 19 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tom Lloyd, Moussakoo, 1968, aluminum, lightbulbs, and plastic laminate. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Five Black Utahns talk about artworks in ‘Black Refractions’ that hold personal meaning," 17 Mar. 2021 But most are designed not to scratch hard floors, and not to leave a lot of water on the floor and, as such most hard floorings—from tile, stone and concrete, to vinyl, hardwood and laminate—can be maintained with a robot mop. Popular Science, "Best robot mops: Shine your floors without lifting a finger," 15 Mar. 2021 It’s made of solid teak wood and has a distressed geometric design that’s sealed with laminate. Megan Mowery, Travel + Leisure, "Shop Deep Discounts on Joss & Main’s Collection of Museum-Inspired Home Decor," 5 Mar. 2021 Perfectly sized for the .22 Hornet cartridge, the Ruger 77/22 with its weather resistant Green Mountain laminate stock and stainless-steel constructions is that rifle. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The 7 Best Coyote Rifles for Any Budget," 18 Feb. 2021 Floors can be covered in durable laminate or Marmoleum. oregonlive, "Smart things you need when you’re living in a tiny home or small space: Storage, light and luxuries," 18 Feb. 2021 Tile is often applied to a plywood substrate or directly over existing plastic laminate countertops. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "Types of Countertops: How to Choose the Best Material for Your Kitchen," 30 Sep. 2020 Almost all laminates for home use will fall somewhere in between AC1 and AC3, a category of laminate designed for busy residential interiors. Sarah Baird, Good Housekeeping, "Laminate," 14 Sep. 2020 Almost all laminates for home use will fall somewhere in between AC1 and AC3, a category of laminate designed for busy residential interiors. Sarah Baird, House Beautiful, "Laminate," 14 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of laminate


1665, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1939, in the meaning defined above

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14 Apr 2021

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“Laminate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of laminate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cover (something) with a thin layer of clear plastic for protection



English Language Learners Definition of laminate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a product made by pressing together thin layers of material

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