• synonyms


  1. burdened; loaded down.
Show More
verb (used with object)
  1. to lade.
Show More

Origin of laden

First recorded in 1585–95; lade + -en3, -en1
Related formsun·lad·en, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for unladen

Historical Examples of unladen

  • The door-sill of the home is the wharf where heavy life is unladen.

    The Wedding Ring

    T. De Witt Talmage

  • Then the wearied beasts were unladen, fires were lighted, and a meal cooked.

  • He first ordered the camels to be unladen, and the tents to be pitched.

    The Boy Slaves

    Mayne Reid

  • The canoes had been well secured to trunks of trees, though not unladen.

    In the Wilds of Africa

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • There are no customs house officers to examine the cargoes that are unladen.

British Dictionary definitions for unladen


  1. a past participle of lade 1
Show More
  1. weighed down with a load; loaded
  2. encumbered; burdened
Show More
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 unladen


1802, from unlade, Old English onhladen; see un- (1) "not" + laden.

Show More



"loaded, weighted down," 1590s, from the original past participle of lade.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper