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  1. burdened; loaded down.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to lade.
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Origin of laden

First recorded in 1585–95; lade + -en3, -en1
Related formsun·lad·en, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ladened

Historical Examples

  • The shrilling wind, ladened with snow, wrenched at the shutters.

    The Three Black Pennys

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • Her return from Europe ladened with spoils will be looked forward to with interest by her constituency in Vancouver.

  • He heeded not the boisterous south wind that ladened the atmosphere with dust till there was darkness as of a city fog.

  • A child may be ladened with gifts which afford him little or no pleasure, simply because he has no desire for them.

    Gospel Doctrine

    Joseph F. Smith

  • A light wind, ladened with the scent of flowers, came to his nostrils, and he admired the scene for some time in utter silence.

British Dictionary definitions for ladened


  1. a past participle of lade 1
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  1. weighed down with a load; loaded
  2. encumbered; burdened
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Word Origin and History for ladened



"loaded, weighted down," 1590s, from the original past participle of lade.

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