[ leyd-n ]
See synonyms for laden on
  1. burdened; loaded down.

verb (used with object)
  1. to lade.

Origin of laden

First recorded in 1585–95; lade + -en3, -en1

Other words from laden

  • un·lad·en, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use laden in a sentence

  • Proceedings followed in the Admiralty, and the goods were not sold; but the ship was found to be rotten, and had to be unladen.

  • The cans of new milk were unladen in the rain, Tess getting a little shelter from a neighbouring holly tree.

  • Boats reach the sea from thence in a day and a-half; but their navigation back, even when unladen, is the labour of nine days.

  • The carriage is moored, the horses are unshipped, wraps and overcoats speedily unladen and left in bond.

  • On the other hand, such mistakes scarcely ever happen to individuals in an unladen train, kept in good array.

    Animal Intelligence | George J. Romanes

British Dictionary definitions for laden


/ (ˈleɪdən) /

  1. a past participle of lade 1

  1. weighed down with a load; loaded

  2. encumbered; burdened

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