verb (used with object), tab·let·ed or tab·let·ted, tab·let·ing or tab·let·ting.

Origin of tablet

1275–1325; Middle English tablette < Middle French tablete. See table, -et

Synonyms for tablet

2. plaque. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tablet

Contemporary Examples of tablet

Historical Examples of tablet

  • The celebrant kissed the tablet, and held it aloft before all the people.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • They were to be seen at Molsheim, in the tablet which bore a representation of this miracle.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • She was a fair child, her brow a tablet untouched by the stylus of sin.


    James Huneker

  • Madame Beattie was exploring a little box for a tablet, which she took composedly.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • "I could at least have erected a tablet to mark her resting-place," the man interposed.

    The Masked Bridal

    Mrs. Georgie Sheldon

British Dictionary definitions for tablet



a medicinal formulation made of a compressed powdered substance containing an active drug and excipients
a flattish cake of some substance, such as soap
Scot a sweet made of butter, sugar, and condensed milk, usually shaped in a flat oblong block
a slab of stone, wood, etc, esp one formerly used for inscriptions
  1. a thinner rigid sheet, as of bark, ivory, etc, used for similar purposes
  2. (often plural)a set or pair of these fastened together, as in a book
a pad of writing paper
NZ a token giving right of way to the driver of a train on a single line section
computing an input device that allows the user to draw or write freehand to screen by means of stylus or digital pen

Word Origin for tablet

C14: from Old French tablete a little table, from Latin tabula a board
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for tablet

early 14c., "slab or flat surface for an inscription" (especially the two Mosaic tables of stone), from Old French tablete (13c.), diminutive of table "slab" (see table (n.)). The meaning "lozenge, pill" is first recorded 1580s; that of "pad of writing paper" in 1880.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tablet in Medicine




A small flat pellet of medication to be taken orally.
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