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 formsdep·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

Historical Examples of 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



(tr) to remove the hair from
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




To remove hair from the body.
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