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[dep-uh-leyt] /ˈdɛp əˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), depilated, depilating.
to remove the hair from (hides, skin, etc.).
Origin of depilate
1550-60; < Latin dēpilātus (past participle of dēpilāre to pluck), equivalent to dē- de- + pil(āre) to deprive of hair (derivative of pilus a hair) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
depilation, noun
depilator, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • His Irish friend, with brilliant but less elaborate comments, struggled to depilate a Kaiser-like moustache from his upper lip.

  • They had heavy hair that they dressed with extreme care, and nervous bellies which they did not depilate.

    Ancient Manners Pierre Louys
British Dictionary definitions for depilate


(transitive) to remove the hair from
Derived Forms
depilation, noun
depilator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēpilāre, from pilāre to make bald, from pilus hair
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depilate in Medicine

depilate dep·i·late (děp'ə-lāt')
v. dep·i·lat·ed, dep·i·lat·ing, dep·i·lates
To remove hair from the body.

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