[verb lam-uh-neyt; adjective, noun lam-uh-neyt, -nit]
verb (used with object), lam·i·nat·ed, lam·i·nat·ing.
  1. to separate or split into thin layers.
  2. to form (metal) into a thin plate, as by beating or rolling.
  3. to construct from layers of material bonded together.
  4. to cover or overlay with laminae.
verb (used without object), lam·i·nat·ed, lam·i·nat·ing.
  1. to split into thin layers.
  1. Also laminous. composed of or having laminae.
  1. 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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for laminator


verb (ˈlæmɪˌneɪt)
  1. (tr) to make (material in sheet form) by bonding together two or more thin sheets
  2. to split or be split into thin sheets
  3. (tr) to beat, form, or press (material, esp metal) into thin sheets
  4. (tr) to cover or overlay with a thin sheet of material
noun (ˈlæmɪˌneɪt, -nɪt)
  1. a material made by bonding together two or more sheets
adjective (ˈlæmɪˌneɪt, -nɪt)
  1. 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 laminator



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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