Definition of tablet in English:


Syllabification: tab·let
Pronunciation: /ˈtablit


  • 1A flat slab of stone, clay, or wood, used especially for an inscription.
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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.
    slab, stone, panel, plaque, plate, sign
  • 1.1 Architecture another term for table ( sense 3 of the noun).
  • 2A small disk or cylinder of a compressed solid substance, typically a measured amount of a medicine or drug; a pill.
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    • You can also take antihistamine tablets containing drugs such as cyclizine or cinnarizine to prevent travel or motion sickness.
    • You will usually be given pain relief such as paracetamol or codeine tablets to help ease your discomfort.
    • Inflammation can be reduced with ibuprofen tablets and paracetamol can help to relieve any pain.
    pill, capsule, lozenge, caplet, pastille, drop, pilule
    informal tab
  • 2.1British A small flat piece of soap.
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    • Before the ‘boys’ came along everything at the factory was done by hand - including cutting the soap into bars or tablets.
  • 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.
    pad, notepad, memo pad, notebook, scratchpad
  • 3.1 (also tablet computer or tablet PC) ( • trademark in the UK) A computer that accepts input directly onto an LCD screen rather than via a keyboard or mouse.


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

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