Definition of tablet in English:


Line breaks: tab¦let
Pronunciation: /ˈtablɪt


  • 1A flat slab of stone, clay, or wood, used especially for an inscription: at the corner of the apse is a memorial tablet
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    • As if memories were not enough, two stone tablets with inscriptions and a copper plate were unearthed from inside the church.
    • Any significant ancient ruler required a personal seal for signing clay tablets and other inscriptions.
    • Many of these Han burials were readily identifiable by inscribed stone stelae, tablets recording the name, titles, and dates of the deceased.
  • 1.1 Architecture another term for table ( sense 3 of the noun).
  • 3North American A writing pad.
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    • Legal pad enthusiasts do seem to have a psychological connection to their writing tablets.
    • It consisted of a video of a little girl's hand clasping a pencil and writing on a tablet.
    • Pulling his writing tablet from his harness pouch, Alan retrieved the pen he'd placed in the side of his war collar.
  • 3.1 (also tablet computer or tablet PC) ( • trademark in the UK) A small portable computer that accepts input directly on to its screen rather than via a keyboard or mouse.
  • 4A kind of token giving authority for a train to proceed over a single-track line.
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    • Note how the engine driver hands down the tablet to the station master.
  • 5 [mass noun] Scottish A traditional sweet made from sugar, condensed milk, and butter.


Middle English: from Old French tablete, from a diminutive of Latin tabula (see table).

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