\ ˈslät How to pronounce slot (audio) \

Definition of slot

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a narrow opening or groove : slit, notch a mail slot in a door
b : a narrow passage or enclosure
c : a passage through the wing of an airplane or of a missile that is located usually near the leading edge and formed between a main and an auxiliary airfoil for improving flow conditions over the wing so as to increase lift and delay stalling of the wing
d : the area on a hockey rink in front of the crease and between the face-off circles
2 : a place or position in an organization, arrangement, or sequence : niche, spot
3 : slot machine sense 2 usually used in plural
4 : a gap between an end and a tackle in an offensive football line


slotted; slotting

Definition of slot (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cut a slot in
2 : to place in or assign to a slot

intransitive verb

: to fit easily her ideas slot neatly into the theory
plural slot

Definition of slot (Entry 3 of 3)

: the track of an animal (such as a deer)

Examples of slot in a Sentence

Verb He slotted the piece of wood into the groove. Her ideas slot neatly into the theory.

First Known Use of slot

Noun (1)

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1747, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1575, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slot

Noun (1)

Middle English, the hollow at the base of the throat above the breastbone, from Anglo-French esclot hoofprint, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German slag blow, hoofprint; probably from its resemblance to a hoofprint — more at schlock

Noun (2)

Middle French esclot track

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about slot

Statistics for slot

Cite this Entry

“Slot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slot. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for slot



English Language Learners Definition of slot

: to put (something) into a space which is made for it
: to fit easily into something


\ ˈslät How to pronounce slot (audio) \

Kids Definition of slot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a narrow opening, groove, or passage


slotted; slotting

Kids Definition of slot (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut a narrow opening, groove, or passage in

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on slot

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for slot

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with slot

Spanish Central: Translation of slot

Nglish: Translation of slot for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of slot for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about slot

Comments on slot

What made you want to look up slot? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!