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


The kitchen counters are made of plastic laminate.

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Spira suggest printing up these task lists and laminating them—and then, step-by-step, handing over the execution of these tasks to the children. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Getting your kids organized for the new school year," 10 Aug. 2019 Wiltz has a wall of photos, laminated and displayed, that tells the group’s story. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Children’s Books on Wheels still serving Tamina community after 15 years," 2 Aug. 2019 About 33% of 2018 vehicle models have laminated side windows, according to the AAA study. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "Here's how to escape your car if it floods during a hurricane, AAA says," 16 July 2019 Yet surveying the room, his parents were baffled by the fact that the kids’ work was all laminated in plastic. Susan Spillman, Los Angeles Times, "Living without plastic: One family’s journey," 19 July 2019 The Apollo 12 astronauts, for instance, found pictures of Playboy playmates laminated inside their checklists, literally the checklists that were attached to their spacesuit gloves, to be used on the surface of the moon. Kevin Spear,, "Apollo 11 and race to the moon helped create the world we live in today, technologically and culturally, author says," 14 July 2019 Menus are laminated, with stickers covering up menu items no longer available. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: Saz Jamaican Restaurant, Newington," 10 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

However, modern carbon fiber laminates offered a solution Wills was CEO of IAT21, an Austrian start-up developing a passenger-carrying cyclocopter called D-Dalus in the early 2000s. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "After More Than a Century, the Cyclocopter Is Making a Comeback," 5 Apr. 2019 Concrete homes can be poured in place into forms made of plywood or steel plate and lined with everything from pine boards to mirror-smooth plastic laminate. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "The Rise of the Fashionable Concrete Home," 9 Aug. 2018 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

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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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