Definition of slat in English:


Syllabification: slat
Pronunciation: /slat


  • A thin, narrow piece of wood, plastic, or metal, especially one of a series that overlap or fit into each other, as in a fence or a Venetian blind.
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    • There are usually bunk beds or thin mattresses on wood slats.
    • I smiled down at him, and continued pacing on the narrow whitewashed slats of the wooden fence.
    • In the meantime, other detainees loosened a metal slat in the fence.



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  • The backsplash is topped by a slatted stair rail that gives the new kitchen breathing space and doesn't block light from windows above the landing.
  • However, slatted awnings do allow limited viewing through the top parts of windows.
  • The current setup is a typical, barren environment, with slatted cement floors.


late Middle English (in the sense 'roofing slate'): shortening of Old French esclat 'splinter', from esclater 'to split;' related to éclat, slate. The current sense dates from the mid 18th century.

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