alligator Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “alligator” in the English Dictionary

"alligator" in British English

See all translations

alligatornoun [C]

uk   /ˈæl.ɪ.ɡeɪ.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/ (US informal gator)
a ​largereptile with a hard ​skin that ​lives in and near ​rivers and ​lakes in the ​hot, ​wetparts of ​America and ​China. It has a ​longnose that is ​slightlywider and ​shorter than that of a crocodile .
(Definition of alligator from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"alligator" in American English

See all translations

alligatornoun [C]

 us   /ˈæl·ɪˌɡeɪt̬·ər/ (short form gator)
a ​large, hard-skinned reptile (= ​type of ​animal) with a ​longnose that is ​shorter and ​slightlywider than that of a crocodile and which ​lives in and near ​rivers and ​lakes in the ​parts of the US and China
(Definition of alligator from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “alligator”
in Korean 악어…
in Arabic تِمْساح…
in Malaysian aligator…
in French alligator…
in Russian аллигатор…
in Chinese (Traditional) 短吻鱷…
in Italian alligatore…
in Turkish timsah…
in Polish aligator…
in Spanish caimán…
in Vietnamese cá sấu châu Mỹ…
in Portuguese aligátor…
in Thai จระเข้…
in German der Alligator…
in Catalan caiman…
in Japanese ワニ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 短吻鳄…
in Indonesian buaya…
What is the pronunciation of alligator?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
faith school

a school that is financially supported by a particular religious group, usually for children from that religion

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More