Origin of ice-skate

First recorded in 1945–50; v. use of ice skate
Related formsice skater, noun

ice skate

  1. a shoe fitted with a metal blade for skating on ice.
  2. skate1(def 3).

Origin of ice skate

First recorded in 1895–1900 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for ice-skate

ice skate

  1. a boot having a steel blade fitted to the sole to enable the wearer to glide swiftly over ice
  2. the steel blade on such a boot or shoe
verb ice-skate
  1. (intr) to glide swiftly over ice on ice skates
Derived Formsice-skater, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ice-skate

1690s, from ice (n.) + skate (n.2). The verb usually was simply skate until the advent of roller-skating mid-18c. made distinction necessary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper