lam·​i·​nate | \ˈla-mə-ˌnāt \
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, -ˌnāt\

Definition of laminate (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : consisting of laminae

2 : bearing or covered with laminae


lam·​i·​nate | \ˈla-mə-nət, -ˌnāt\

Definition of laminate (Entry 3 of 3)

: a product made by laminating

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laminator \ ˈla-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər \ noun

Examples of laminate in a Sentence


The kitchen counters are made of plastic laminate.

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The video captures a man and two women dancing alongside each other for the majority of the frames, each frame feeling as though it was dipped in water as a rippling effect is laminated over the characters. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Underworld and Iggy Pop Present a Gripping, Rippling Music Video For 'Get Your Shirt': Watch," 6 July 2018 In one test Dr Hu and Dr Li made a laminated sample by placing five sheets of the stuff on top of one another, each sheet having its fibres aligned at right-angles to those of the sheet below. The Economist, "Making buildings, cars and planes from materials based on plant fibres," 14 June 2018 Veterans know to laminate them in clear tape to avoid disintegration from the elements. David G. Allan, CNN, "The infamous murderer's prison escape that inspired a near-impossible ultramarathon," 26 May 2018 All Moraknivs are made in Mora, Sweden, and feature steel blades, either stainless, carbon, or laminated, and rounded, oversized plastic handles. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "The $30 Morakniv Eldris Cuts Like a $150 Knife," 26 Apr. 2018 The interior was cream and mauve, with faux wood paneling and laminate countertops. Sunset, "The Ultimate Venue for Your Next Family Vacay? A Houseboat," 22 Jan. 2018 The mud, in scientific terms, was laminated lacustrine sediment. Nathaniel Wilder, Smithsonian, "A Daring Journey Into the Big Unknown of America’s Largest National Park," 18 Apr. 2018 The 900-denier laminated exterior and reinforced bottom showed only minor scuffing during the drag test, just behind the Sea to Summit. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "The Best Duffel Bags," 18 Apr. 2018 The remaining six teams on Long’s laminated list can reach the College Football Playoff. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "San Diego State's unique approach has Aztecs in elite company," 17 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Note: Laminate wood floors should be cleaned with a laminate floor cleaner. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "How to Keep a Clean Kitchen," 28 Sep. 2011 All that commotion is barely audible inside the building's 221 apartments, which feature high-end touches such as stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, Shaker-style cabinets and wood-look laminate flooring. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Saltwater pool, gym, dog spa: Tour downtown KC's new Crossroads Westside Apartments," 27 June 2018 Courtesy of Bean Trailer Outside, the standard galley kitchen includes cabinetry, a small dome light, laminate countertop, and 12V and AC outlets. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Upscale teardrop trailer is a tiny home on the go," 16 Apr. 2018 Paint ugly countertops Can’t stand the look of laminate countertops? Lydia Culp, Fox News, "Freshen up your home for spring with these 7 steps," 16 Apr. 2018 To prevent damage, do not polish or wax a laminate floor. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean and Maintain Laminate Floors," 28 Mar. 2018 And Habitat will install laminate wood flooring throughout the first level with new carpeting upstairs. Leila Atassi,, "The Korper kids tour their future home, looking for potential beyond the blight : A Greater Cleveland," 30 Oct. 2017 Originally the McConkeys wanted to keep the containers’ plywood floors, but they were too beaten up to save, so the couple found laminate wood flooring at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. Martina Schimitschek,, "'Green' homes are focus of Oct. 22 tour," 12 Oct. 2017 The kitchen has glossy laminate cabinetry, Caesarstone counters, a center island with room for stools and a Smeg cooktop and stove Marcelle Sussman Fischler, New York Times, "House Hunting in ... Johannesburg," 27 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For a 600-square-foot basement, expect flooring materials to start at $1,200 for carpeting, sheet vinyl, or vinyl tile; $2,800 for ceramic tile, and $4,200 for laminate flooring. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "What A Basement Renovation Actually Costs," 13 July 2018 Pros: Affordable and durable, laminate resists dings, nicks, and stains. Sarah Stebbins, ELLE Decor, "How To Choose The Best Kitchen Cabinets," 8 Apr. 2016 Addiechi said some of the 1.5 million people issued with fan identification laminates had them stripped, and were deported. Graham Dunbar,, "Sexism tops racism as a World Cup fan problem in Russia," 11 July 2018 In addition to the laminate counter, there are a handful of booths. Donald Liebenson, Lake County News-Sun, "Sandy's aims to be your home away from home," 13 June 2018 The big orange retailer is offering discounts on about 20 styles of laminate flooring, so stock up today for that big remodel. Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: The Dremel That Does It All," 12 June 2018 Bondi is a laminate with a lacquer layer that gives it its fingerprint resistance. Jamie Gold,, "Milan sends its best — for kitchen and bath," 24 May 2018 The interiors are studded with palm tree upholstery and glossy laminate in sumptuous jewel tones, and the beds luxurious. Julia Sherman, Vogue, "Ceramics, Chilaquiles, and Micheladas: An Artist’s Guide to Guadalajara," 10 May 2018 Its top, a pristine oval of white plastic laminate, looms like a jumbo jet over three Plexiglas legs in the shape of oil drums. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Inside the Brooklyn Apartment of the Interior Designer Whose Clients Include Cartier, Nike and Glossier," 28 Apr. 2018

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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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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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