or boil·er plate

[ boi-ler-pleyt ]
/ ˈbɔɪ lərˌpleɪt /


plating of iron or steel for making the shells of boilers, covering the hulls of ships, etc.
  1. syndicated or ready-to-print copy, used especially by weekly newspapers.
  2. trite, hackneyed writing.
the detailed standard wording of a contract, warranty, etc.
Informal. phrases or units of text used repeatedly, as in correspondence produced by a word-processing system.
frozen, crusty, hard-packed snow, often with icy patches.

Origin of boilerplate

First recorded in 1855–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for boilerplate

/ (ˈbɔɪləˌpleɪt) /


a form of mild-steel plate used in the production of boiler shells
a copy made with the intention of making other copies from it
a set of instructions incorporated in several places in a computer program or a standard form of words used repeatedly in drafting contracts, guarantees, etc
a draft contract that can easily be modified to cover various types of transaction


to incorporate standard material automatically in a text
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