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See also: Acetate, acétate, and aĉetate



Formed from the root of Latin acētum (vinegar) ( +‎ -ate), from aceō (I am sour). By surface analysis, acet- +‎ -ate.


  • IPA(key): /ˈæsɪteɪ̯t/
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acetate (plural acetates)

  1. (organic chemistry) Any ester or salt of acetic acid.
    Synonym: ethanoate
    • 1819, Abraham Rees, The Cyclopædia:
      [] to pad a piece in diluted acetate of alumine to obtain a pale lemon ground []
  2. Cellulose acetate.
    • 2007 July 16, Leslie Feinberg, “How La Güinera made room for more gender”, in Workers World:
      Performers use acetate because eyelash glue is not available. They create eyelashes out of horse hair or cut from carbon paper. Their nails are glued on with a shoe adhesive.
  3. A transparent sheet used for overlays.
  4. In full acetate disc: a disc of aluminium covered in a wax used to make demonstration copies of a phonograph record.
    Coordinate term: dubplate
    • 2002, Dave Thompson, The Music Lover's Guide to Record Collecting, Hal Leonard Corporation (→ISBN), Acetates—The Rock Star's Rough Draft:
      Acetates are a relic of the days before cassettes, DAT, and recordable CDs came into widespread use in recording studios. Manufactured from aluminum, and coated in a thin sheet of vinyl, they were produced to allow the concerned parties to hear how a particular version of a recording would sound outside the studio, on their home hi-fi, for example.

Coordinate terms

  • acetic acid (coordinate as an acid versus a base, but synonymous in the practical sense that the conjugate base and conjugate acid coexist in solution)

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Further reading




  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of acetar combined with te