[ mal-eyt, mey-leyt ]

  1. a salt or ester of malic acid.

Origin of malate

First recorded in 1785–95; mal(ic acid) + -ate2

Other words from malate

  • su·per·mal·ate, noun

Words Nearby malate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use malate in a sentence

  • The Spaniards at malate returned the fire and struck the Callao without doing any damage.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • July 31 a battle was waged at malate, a small town half way between Cavite and Manila.

    The Blue and The Gray | A. R. White
  • You'll find Doc Bird cookin' in a civilian mess out malate way.

    Isle o' Dreams | Frederick F. Moore
  • In malate: 38 signatures, 31 of indians, only 15 of whom understood Spanish.

    The Katipunan | J. Brecknock Watson (AKA Francis St. Clair)
  • On the south side of the old walled city are the large districts of malate, Ermito and Paco.

    The Critic in the Orient | George Hamlin Fitch

British Dictionary definitions for malate


/ (ˈmæleɪt, ˈmeɪ-) /

  1. any salt or ester of malic acid

Origin of malate

C18: from malic acid

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Scientific definitions for malate


[ mălāt′, mālāt′ ]

  1. A salt or ester of malic acid, containing the group C4H4O5.

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