[ uhl-yuh-leyt, yool- ]
/ ˈʌl yəˌleɪt, ˈyul- /

verb (used without object), ul·u·lat·ed, ul·u·lat·ing.

to howl, as a dog or a wolf; hoot, as an owl.
to utter howling sounds, as in shrill, wordless lamentation; wail.
to lament loudly and shrilly.

Nearby words

  1. ultraviolet radiation,
  2. ultravirus,
  3. ultrawideband,
  4. ulu,
  5. ululant,
  6. ululation,
  7. ulundi,
  8. uluru,
  9. ulyanov, vladimir ilyich,
  10. ulyanovsk

Origin of ululate

1615–25; < Latin ululātus, past participle of ululāre to howl, shriek, of imitative orig.; see -ate1

Related formsul·u·la·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for ululate


/ (ˈjuːljʊˌleɪt) /


(intr) to howl or wail, as with grief
Derived Formsululant, adjectiveululation, noun

Word Origin for ululate

C17: from Latin ululāre to howl, from ulula screech owl

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Word Origin and History for ululate



1620s, from Latin ululatus, past participle of ululare (see ululation). Related: Ululated; ululating.

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