verb (used with object)

to form into pellets; pelletize.
to hit with pellets.


Nearby words

  1. pellan,
  2. pellan, alfred,
  3. pellegrini's disease,
  4. pellekar,
  5. pelles,
  6. pelletier,
  7. pelletize,
  8. pellicle,
  9. pellicle mirror,
  10. pellicular

Origin of pellet

1325–75; Middle English pelet < Middle French pelote < Vulgar Latin *pilotta, diminutive of Latin pila ball. See pill1, -et

Related formspel·let·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pellet



a small round ball, esp of compressed mattera wax pellet
  1. an imitation bullet used in toy guns
  2. a piece of small shot
a stone ball formerly used as a catapult or cannon missile
Also called: cast, casting ornithol a mass of undigested food, including bones, fur, feathers, etc, that is regurgitated by certain birds, esp birds of prey
a small pill
a raised area on coins and carved or moulded ornaments

verb (tr)

to strike with pellets
to make or form into pellets

Word Origin for pellet

C14: from Old French pelote, from Vulgar Latin pilota (unattested), from Latin pila ball

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Word Origin and History for pellet
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Medicine definitions for pellet




A small pill; a pilule.
A small rod-shaped or ovoid mass, as of compressed steroid hormones, intended for subcutaneous implantation in body tissues to provide timed release over an extended period of time.

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