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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Other Words from laminate


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

Examples of laminate in a Sentence


The kitchen counters are made of plastic laminate.

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Dixon's test consisted only of the framework, not the polycarbonate laminated screen that is meant to have an anti-reflective coating on the screen's interior, anti-fogging device and possible tear-offs. Robby General, Indianapolis Star, "Scott Dixon tests IndyCar's Aeroscreen prototype in simulator," 2 July 2019 Businesses focused on wood buildings are springing up around the country, and lumber companies in Montana and Oregon are already making cross-laminated timber. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Tech companies are stepping back in time to fight climate crisis," 26 June 2019 The Rose Street cafe will be down the hall from the production bakery, which will have additional windows inside so that curious building visitors can watch fermented bread and laminated dough taking shape. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Schmidt Brewery Rathskeller to house Rose Street Patisserie cafe, Worker B spa," 24 June 2019 Made of three layers of half-inch-thick glass laminated together, it is designed to hold up to five tons. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Sudden cracks in glass observation ledge terrify tourists 1,300 feet up," 13 June 2019 The fretboard is a thin, long strip of wood laminated to the front of the neck of the instrument. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Taylor Guitars’ ‘Ebony Project’ continues to save trees in Africa," 13 June 2019 In addition, every Futurelight garment will consist of recycled face and backer fabrics—laminated to the membrane—and use a PFC-free chemical waterproof coating. Frederick Reimers, Outside Online, "On the Slopes in the North Face Futurelight Shell," 10 June 2019 Carbon fiber laminated materials helped bring the weight down, but finding a suitable engine was not easy. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "After More Than a Century, the Cyclocopter Is Making a Comeback," 5 Apr. 2019 An unnamed conservative street artist took credit for the move, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and was behind adhering a number of laminated, vinyl stars to the iconic sidewalk. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Several fake Trump stars reportedly appear on Hollywood Walk of Fame," 9 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Think of the suppliers that New Balance supports — companies such as Dela Inc., a laminate manufacturer in Haverhill, or Vibram’s Quabaug rubber products plant in North Brookfield. Jon Chesto,, "New Balance advances plan for sixth New England factory," 19 June 2019 Estate Plus high-pressure laminate floor tiles, above, are built to take it. Rebecca Winzenried, ELLE Decor, "Home Magazine's 5th Annual Kitchen & Bath Awards 2003," 5 July 2012 The designs are minimalist and mid-century modern in nature, with natural wood element options on upholstered pieces and laminate geometric patterns available for tables and storage pieces. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Custom Furniture Company Promises Quick Shipping, Affordable Prices, and—Gasp—10-Minute Assembly," 6 Dec. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Plastic laminate also comes in sheets, typically 2x4 or 4x8 feet, that are cut to fit. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Countertop Materials," 9 May 2019 For Megan, this meant knocking down that obscure pony wall to open up the room, replacing the outdated floors with a hardwood laminate alternative, and rearranging the layout to create more space for everyone to hang. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Watch the Drabbest Rooms Become Fab on Best Room Wins Episode Three," 16 May 2019 Today’s laminates are more resistant to moisture and spills, but the steam can still cause warping and other damage. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Laminate Floors (Without Ruining Them)," 28 Mar. 2019 The shoe molding will cover the 3/8-inch-wide expansion gap between the plastic-laminate planks and baseboard. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips for Installing Laminate Flooring," 26 Jan. 2017 For just under $25, the Fantom doorstop can reportedly be used on any floor surface, including (but not limited to) hardwood, carpet, tile, concrete, and laminate and can stop doors of any weight. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Fantom's Magnetic Doorstop Is the Coolest Way to Prop Open Your Door," 1 Mar. 2019 The designers cribbed the deep green hue from the original laminate used on the countertops pre tear-down. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Paris apartment goes bold with green kitchen," 3 Aug. 2018 The cabinets are Ikea laminate and modestly apportioned; apparently, Swedish cooks prefer narrow platters. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "Kitchen confidential: How I downsized the most important room in the house," 24 Sep. 2018 Top fabric: 100% polyester; laminate: 100% polyurethane. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Best Anti-Allergy Bedding," 10 Aug. 2010

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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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