[ adjective mak-yuh-lit; verb mak-yuh-leyt ]
/ adjective ˈmæk yə lɪt; verb ˈmæk yəˌleɪt /


spotted; stained.
Archaic. defiled; impure.

verb (used with object), mac·u·lat·ed, mac·u·lat·ing. Archaic.

to mark with a spot or spots; stain.
to sully or pollute.

Origin of maculate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin maculātus (past participle of maculāre to spot, stain). See macula, -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for maculate

  • His heavy, blunt hand fumbled under the maculate apron; his chest heaved with a sudden, tempestuous breathing.

    Wild Oranges|Joseph Hergesheimer
  • We are maculate, and it is given to no man to probe the mystery of existence.

    A Secret Inheritance (Volume 1 of 3)|B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • Maculate -ed: spotted or marked with figures of any shape, of a color different from the ground.

  • Josephina owns one unchanging dress, septic, maculate and repellent.

    I, Mary MacLane|Mary MacLane

British Dictionary definitions for maculate

/ archaic, or literary /

verb (ˈmækjʊˌleɪt)

(tr) to spot, stain, or pollute

adjective (ˈmækjʊlɪt)

spotted or polluted

Word Origin for maculate

C15: from Latin maculāre to stain
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Medical definitions for maculate

[ măkyə-lāt′ ]


To spot or blemish.


Spotted or blotched.
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