formed of or set in thin layers or laminae.
constructed of layers of material bonded together: laminated wood.

Origin of laminated

First recorded in 1660–70; laminate + -ed2
Related formsmul·ti·lam·i·nat·ed, adjectivenon·lam·i·nat·ed, adjectiveun·lam·i·nat·ed, adjective


[verb lam-uh-neyt; adjective, noun lam-uh-neyt, -nit]

verb (used with object), lam·i·nat·ed, lam·i·nat·ing.

to separate or split into thin layers.
to form (metal) into a thin plate, as by beating or rolling.
to construct from layers of material bonded together.
to cover or overlay with laminae.

verb (used without object), lam·i·nat·ed, lam·i·nat·ing.

to split into thin layers.


Also laminous. composed of or having laminae.


a laminated product; lamination.

Origin of laminate

From the New Latin word lāminātus, dating back to 1660–70. See lamina, -ate1
Related formslam·i·na·tor, nounmul·ti·lam·i·nate, adjectivenon·lam·i·na·ting, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for laminated



composed of thin sheets (of plastic, wood, etc) superimposed and bonded together by synthetic resins, usually under heat and pressure
covered with a thin protective layer of plastic or synthetic resin
another word for laminate (def. 6)


verb (ˈlæmɪˌneɪt)

(tr) to make (material in sheet form) by bonding together two or more thin sheets
to split or be split into thin sheets
(tr) to beat, form, or press (material, esp metal) into thin sheets
(tr) to cover or overlay with a thin sheet of material

noun (ˈlæmɪˌneɪt, -nɪt)

a material made by bonding together two or more sheets

adjective (ˈlæmɪˌneɪt, -nɪt)

having or composed of lamina; laminated
Derived Formslaminable (ˈlæmɪnəbəl), adjectivelaminator, noun

Word Origin for laminate

C17: from New Latin lāminātus plated
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Word Origin and History for laminated



1660s, "to beat or roll into thin plates," from Latin lamina "thin piece of metal or wood, thin slice, plate, leaf, layer," of unknown origin. Many modern senses are from the noun meaning "an artificial thin layer" (1939), especially a type of plastic adhesive. Related: Laminated; laminating.

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