[ ey-leyt ]
/ ˈeɪ leɪt /

adjective Also a·lat·ed.

having wings; winged.
having membranous expansions like wings.


the winged form of an insect when both winged and wingless forms occur in the species.

Origin of alate

1660–70; < Latin ālātus, equivalent to āl(a) ala + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

sub·a·late, adjectivesub·a·lat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for alated

  • This term has the same application as diffuse and alated, explained above.

    A Conchological Manual|George Brettingham Sowerby
  • A genus composed of species of Nayades, distinguished by their alated dorsal margins, and lamellated lateral teeth.

    A Conchological Manual|George Brettingham Sowerby

British Dictionary definitions for alated


/ (ˈeɪleɪt) /


having wings or winglike extensions

Word Origin for alate

C17: from Latin ālātus, from āla wing
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