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Origin of slater

First recorded in 1375–1425, slater is from the late Middle English word sclater. See slate1, -er1


  1. Samuel,1768–1835, U.S. industrialist, born in England. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for slater


  1. a person trained in laying roof slates
  2. dialect, Australian and NZ a woodlouseSee also sea slater
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Word Origin and History for slater

"one who makes or lays slates," c.1400 (mid-13c. as a surname), agent noun from slate.

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