• (British) IPA: /ˈslɔːtə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈslɔtɚ/
  • (cot-caught) IPA: /ˈslɑtɚ/


  1. (uncountable) The killing of animals, generally for food.
  2. A massacre; the killing of a large number of people.
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book VI, 1773, The First Six Books of Milton's Paradise Lost, Edinburgh, page 416 ↗,
      For ſin, on war and mutual ſlaughter bent.
  3. A rout or decisive defeat.
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  • Portuguese: massacre
  • Russian: разгро́м
  • Spanish: escabechina

slaughter (slaughters, present participle slaughtering; past and past participle slaughtered)

  1. (transitive) To butcher animals, generally for food
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To massacre people in large numbers
  3. (transitive) To kill in a particularly brutal manner
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Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A town in Louisiana.

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