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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Slate
  1. [Min] An argillaceous rock which readily splits into thin plates; argillite; argillaceous schist.
  2. Any rock or stone having a slaty structure.
  3. A prepared piece of such stone.
    1. A thin, flat piece, for roofing or covering houses, etc.
    2. A tablet for writing upon.
  4. An artificial material, resembling slate, and used for the above purposes.
  5. A thin plate of any material; a flake.(Obs)
  6. [Politics] A list of candidates, prepared for nomination or for election; a list of candidates, or a programme of action, devised beforehand.(Cant, U.S)

Etymology: OE. slat sclat, OF. esclat a shiver, splinter, F. éclat, fr. OF. esclater to shiver, to chip, F. éclater, fr. OHG. sleizen to tear, slit, split, fr. slīzan to slit, G. schleissen. See Slit (v. t.), and cf. Eclat

verb Slate
  1. To cover with slate, or with a substance resembling slate; as, to slate a roof; to slate a globe.
  2. To register (as on a slate and subject to revision), for an appointment.(Polit. Cant)
verb Slate
To set a dog upon; to bait; to slat. See 2d Slat, 3.

Etymology: Cf. AS. slǣting a privilege of hunting

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (formerly) a writing tablet made of slate
  2. A list of candidates nominated by a political party to run for election to public offices
  3. A fine-grained metamorphic rock that can be split into thin layers
  4. Thin layers of rock used for roofing
  5. Designate or schedule ("He slated his talk for 9 AM" and "She was slated to be his successor")
  6. Cover with slate ("slate the roof")
  7. Enter on a list or slate for an election ("He was slated for borough president")

From Old French esclate, from esclat (French éclat), from Frankish *slaitan (“to split, break”), from Proto-Germanic *slaitijaną, causative of *slītaną (“to cut up, split”).

  1. (uncountable, geology) A fine-grained homogeneous sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash which has been metamorphosed so that it cleaves easily into thin layers.
  2. (uncountable) The bluish-grey colour of most slate.
  3. (countable) A sheet of slate for writing on with chalk or with a thin rod of slate (a slate pencil) formerly commonly used by younger children for writing practice in schools.
  4. (countable) A roofing-tile made of slate.
  5. (countable) A record of money owed.
    Put it on my – I’ll pay you next week.
  6. (countable, chiefly US) A list of affiliated candidates for an election.
    Roy Disney led the alternative of directors for the stockholder vote.
  7. An artificial material resembling slate and used for the same purposes.
  8. A thin plate of any material; a flake.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Slate

Jenny Slate is an actress, comedian, voice artist, and author. She has been prominent since 2005. Jenny was given the name Jenny Sarah Slate on March 25th, 1982 in Milton, Massachusetts.


Jeremy Slate was a film and television actor. Jeremy was given the name Robert Perham on February 17th, 1926 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Jeremy is also known as Robert Bullard Perham. He breathed his last breath on November 19th, 2006.


Godfrey was born on October 14th, 1775. He left this life on October 13th, 1832.


Cody Slate is a football player. Cody was born on August 14th, 1987.


Richard was born in 1787. He breathed his last breath in 1867.


Rodney was born on June 10th, 1930. He died on November 14th, 1999.


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Popularity of Slate as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Slate U.S.
  White 87.87% 64.26%
  African American 5.19% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.16% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.35% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.81% 16.26%

Of Last Name Slate

People with the last name Slate are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Slate

  • How Popular is the name Slate? Slate is the 16,477th most popular name of all time. As a last name Slate was the 5,796th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Slate have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 491 babies born with the first name Slate in the United States. That's more than enough people named Slate to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Slate? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1990 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Slate first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Slate is Sunday, April 4th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Slate born? The highest recorded use of the first name Slate was in 2016 with a total of 43 babies.
  • Random Slate Factoid: According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Slate is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2012.
  • Weird things about the name Slate: Your name in reverse order is Etals. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ealst. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Slate? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,969 people with the last name Slate.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Slate? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Slate as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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