Winged vs Alate - What's the difference?

winged | alate |

As adjectives the difference between winged and alate

is that winged is having wings while alate is (entomology|botany) having winglike extensions or parts; winged.

As a verb winged

is (wing).

As a noun alate is

a winged, reproductive form of several social insects.

As an adverb alate is

(archaic) recently; lately; of late.



Etymology 1

Alternative forms



  • Having wings.
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  • Flying or soaring as if on wings.
  • Swift.
  • (in combination) having wings of a specified kind
  • weak-winged
  • (in combination) having the specified number of wings
  • The six-winged Seraphim are the angels closest to God.

    Etymology 2

    See (wing) (verb)


  • (wing)
  • Anagrams




    (wikipedia alate)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


    (en adjective)
  • (entomology, botany) Having winglike extensions or parts; winged.
  • Synonyms
    * (l)

    Derived terms

    * (l)


    (en noun)
  • A winged, reproductive form of several social insects.
  • Etymology 2



  • (archaic) recently; lately; of late.
  • There hath been alate such tales spread abroad. — Latimer.