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See also: Acetate, acétate, and aĉetate




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


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

  1. (organic chemistry) Any salt or ester of acetic acid.
    Synonym: ethanoate
  2. Cellulose acetate.
  3. A transparent sheet used for overlays.
  4. Ellipsis of 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.

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