Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “slander”

slander

noun [C or U]     /ˈslɑːn.dər/ US  /ˈslæn.dɚ/
a false spoken statement about someone that damages their reputation, or the making of such a statement: The doctor is suing his partner for slander. She regarded his comment as a slander on her good reputation. → Compare libelDamaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
(Definition of slander noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of slander

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Damaging reputation, but you might be interested in these topics from the Fame and reputation topic area:

More definitions for “slander”

Definitions of “slander” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More