Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “slaughter”

slaughter

noun [U]  /ˈslɔ·t̬ər/ us  

slaughter noun [U] (KILLING ANIMALS)

the killing of animals for their meat, or the killing of large numbers of animals in a cruel manner

slaughter noun [U] (KILLING PEOPLE)

the killing of large numbers of people: We must find ways of reducing the slaughter on the highways (= deaths of many people in car accidents).

slaughter

verb [T]  /ˈslɔt̬·ər/ us  

slaughter verb [T] (KILLING PEOPLE)

to kill large numbers of people infml In sports and other competitions, to slaughter is to defeat easily: The Red Sox slaughtered the Yankees in last night’s baseball game, winning 12 to 0.

slaughter verb [T] (KILLING ANIMALS)

to kill animals, esp. for their meat
(Definition of slaughter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of slaughter?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “slaughter” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

for starters

used to say that something is the first in a list of things

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More