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[leyd-n] /ˈleɪd n/
burdened; loaded down.
verb (used with object)
to lade.
Origin of laden
First recorded in 1585-95; lade + -en3, -en1
Related forms
unladen, adjective Unabridged
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  • The shrilling wind, ladened with snow, wrenched at the shutters.

    The Three Black Pennys Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Her return from Europe ladened with spoils will be looked forward to with interest by her constituency in Vancouver.

  • He heeded not the boisterous south wind that ladened the atmosphere with dust till there was darkness as of a city fog.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • A child may be ladened with gifts which afford him little or no pleasure, simply because he has no desire for them.

    Gospel Doctrine Joseph F. Smith
  • A light wind, ladened with the scent of flowers, came to his nostrils, and he admired the scene for some time in utter silence.

    Old Broadbrim Into the Heart of Australia Author of "Old Broadbrim"
  • ladened with the spoils, hosts and guests returned to the bark houses to cook and feast upon their game.

  • The air was ladened with the sweet fragrance of incense and those subtle perfumes that are so delightful and enticing to the soul.

    Within the Temple of Isis Belle M. Wagner
  • When waters cease to move they soon are ladened with the seeds of death; corruption dwells in every drop.

  • The trucks on the inner lanes were ladened streaks; the car traffic on the middle one was varicolored blurs.

    Earth Alert! Kris Neville
British Dictionary definitions for ladened


a past participle of lade1
weighed down with a load; loaded
encumbered; burdened
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Word Origin and History for ladened



"loaded, weighted down," 1590s, from the original past participle of lade.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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