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 laminator (audio) \ noun

Examples of laminate in a Sentence

Noun The kitchen counters are made of plastic laminate.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That involves using a frame featuring laminated timber: layers of wood pressed together to create columns, beams and other building frame components. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Downtown apartment high-rise Ascent will be taller and have up to 34 more units under revised plan," 5 Feb. 2020 The other was hand-drawn by a second grader and laminated to keep the pencil from smudging. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Teen comic book artist from Goshen gains national attention with 'Adventures of Fro-Man'," 23 Jan. 2020 The wood is laminated with high-strength plastic and then framed with metal along the edges. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Carlos Ghosn: Just the Latest Strange Object Ferried in a Music Equipment Box," 17 Jan. 2020 As delightful and company-worthy as fish pie is, even the fanciest ones don’t require the fussiness of a homemade laminated dough. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "A seafood pie for the feast," 20 Dec. 2019 Using plastic makes the paper tear-resistant and waterproof, much like a Gladware container or Ziploc freezer bag, or just a sheet of paper laminated in plastic. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Stone Paper Is Cool. Its Environmental Impact Is Complicated.," 26 Nov. 2019 The tree is decorated with yellow ribbons with the names of veterans and members of the military as well as laminated patches, pins and stickers. Susan Soldavin,, "Clarksville: New Tree for Troops organizer needed to continue tradition," 4 Dec. 2019 It's also saddled with the same non-laminated display and relatively dated design. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Get a 9.7-inch iPad with 128GB of storage for $299," 31 Oct. 2019 Upper The upper consists of ripstop mesh, laminated microfiber, and a TPU exoskeleton and toe cap. Andrew Skurka, Outside Online, "Long-Term Review: La Sportiva Bushido II," 2 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This hardwood laminate stock features excellent adjustability. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "Should You Buy an Aftermarket Rifle Stock?," 17 Jan. 2020 Mine, with a laminate stock, was supremely accurate, printing bug-hole 3-shot groups at 100 yards. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "Best Guns of the Decade," 2 Jan. 2020 Around all this is a laminate floor, a jagged design from the commercial lines of the late Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, whose iconic venues have won both the Pritzker and the Stirling prizes in architecture. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$2.5M Bloomfield Hills home full of original art from Cranbrook artists, faculty," 14 Dec. 2019 The avocado and nutmeg laminate accents tie into the colors of the existing banquette, as well as the living room’s orange velvet sofa., "A Cambridge condo’s pint-sized kitchen gets a new design that maximizes space," 12 Oct. 2019 Use a Tapping Block The laminate planks fit together with tongue-and-groove joints, which snap together. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "8 Steps for Installing Laminate Flooring," 8 Dec. 2019 The long stretch of hallway was quiet, save for a faint hum of fluorescent lights and the sound of two giant sneakers shuffling on a laminate floor. Mike Finger,, "Spurs’ Tim Duncan still naïve to one NBA reality," 29 Oct. 2019 There is hardwood and laminate flooring throughout. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Country mood in the city," 29 July 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tevy stays focussed on the open book resting on the laminate countertop. Anthony Veasna So, The New Yorker, "Three Women of Chuck’s Donuts," 3 Feb. 2020 Formaldehyde, a carcinogen, until recently was a common component of wood products from laminate flooring to particleboard tables, especially those imported from China. Eleanor Cummins, The New Republic, "Fast Furniture Is an Environmental Fiasco," 14 Jan. 2020 Tickets start at $20; $125 VIP and includes premium seating, exclusive T-shirt, poster and VIP laminate allowing front of line access to post-show meet and greet with the cast. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville shows this week: 'Charlie Brown Christmas,' Give-A-Jam, Motown Christmas & more," 13 Dec. 2019 In other words, their co-headlining tourmates in Jimmy Eat World would be made to wear laminates, which is fairly lame rock-star behavior by any reasonable definition. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Jimmy Eat World drummer calls out Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins on Twitter after tour," 14 Aug. 2019 And sometimes an attractive, durable laminate countertop (think Formica) is all a kitchen needs., "A Help Desk guide to picking the right kitchen countertop - The Boston Globe," 15 Nov. 2019 Savannah Trims used a new glass and laminate construction to create an inconspicuous clear flood barrier that is a permanent part of the building. Kimberly Miller,, "This Palm Beach County business is front and center in fighting flooding," 5 Dec. 2019 Purchasers will receive a laminate pass with their name on it, that will be used as a ticket for shows throughout LiveNation’s season. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "LiveNation offers lawn pass deal at Blossom Music Center," 5 Dec. 2019 Carpet, laminate, or engineered hardwood can also be laid right over the subfloor, and each is relatively easy to install. 4. Will Sutherland, Popular Mechanics, "How to Convert a School Bus to a RV," 4 Dec. 2019

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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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“Laminate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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


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

: a product made by pressing together thin layers of material

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