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verb (used with object), dep·i·lat·ed, dep·i·lat·ing.
  1. to remove the hair from (hides, skin, etc.).
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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 formsdep·i·la·tion, noundep·i·la·tor, noun
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Historical Examples of depilate

  • His Irish friend, with brilliant but less elaborate comments, struggled to depilate a Kaiser-like moustache from his upper lip.

    The Sins of Sverac Bablon

    Sax Rohmer

  • 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


  1. (tr) to remove the hair from
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Derived Formsdepilation, noundepilator, noun

Word Origin for depilate

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


  1. To remove hair from the body.
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