[ dep-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈdɛp əˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), dep·i·lat·ed, dep·i·lat·ing.

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

dep·i·la·tion, noundep·i·la·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for depilate

  • 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


/ (ˈdɛpɪˌleɪt) /


(tr) to remove the hair from

Derived Forms

depilation, noundepilator, noun

Word Origin for depilate

C16: from Latin dēpilāre, from pilāre to make bald, from pilus hair
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Medicine definitions for depilate


[ dĕpə-lāt′ ]


To remove hair from the body.
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