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noun (1)

cu·​tin ˈkyü-tᵊn How to pronounce cutin (audio)
: an insoluble mixture containing waxes, fatty acids, soaps, and resinous material that forms a continuous layer on the outer epidermal wall of a plant


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noun (2)

: something cut in
cut-in adjective

cut in

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cut in; cutting in; cuts in

intransitive verb

: to thrust oneself into a position between others or belonging to another
: to join in something suddenly
cut in on the conversation
: to interrupt a dancing couple and take one as one's partner
: to become automatically connected or started in operation
waiting for the auxiliary motor to cut in

transitive verb

: to mix with cutting motions
after sifting the flour into a mixing bowl, cut the lard in
: to introduce into a number, group, or sequence
: to connect into an electrical circuit to a mechanical apparatus so as to permit operation
: to include especially among those benefiting or favored
cut them in on the profits

Example Sentences

Verb a stranger cut in with unsolicited advice on how we could fix our relationship
Recent Examples on the Web
Earth’s atmosphere has a habit of desiccating things, after all, so plants evolved something called cutin, a waxy barrier against the elements. Matt Simon, WIRED, 21 June 2018 The scientists hypothesized that this new plastic-eating enzyme must have evolved from an older cutin-eating enzyme. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, 17 Apr. 2018 After studying this bacteria, the researchers found the enzyme, which is similar to the enzyme many bacteria already use to break down a different chemical, called cutin. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, 17 Apr. 2018
Tesla instituted its second price cut in three months for customers in China, a move designed to galvanize lagging sales in the electric automaker’s second-largest market. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 6 Jan. 2023 The Emily in Paris star showed off her new platinum blonde pixie cut in an Insragram post on November 2. Editors, Seventeen, 28 Nov. 2022 Twitter, its staffing cut in half, didn’t react for hours. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2022 Twitter, its staffing cut in half, didn’t react for hours. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2022 This will mark a return to the World Cup for the U.S. men's national soccer team, which failed to make the cut in 2018. Grayson Quay, The Week, 2 Apr. 2022 Who will make the cut in Cardinals next roster moves? Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 25 Aug. 2021 Since Elon Musk bought Twitter, Tesla’s stock value has been cut in half. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 27 Dec. 2022 Since then, Williams says the number of mental health crisis centers in the city has been cut in half. Theara Coleman, The Week, 6 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin cutis

First Known Use

Noun (1)

circa 1872, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1883, in the meaning defined above


1612, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cutin was in 1612

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Cite this Entry

“Cutin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
cu·​tin ˈkyüt-ᵊn How to pronounce cutin (audio)
: a substance that contains waxes, fatty acids, soaps, and resins and forms a continuous layer on the outer wall of the epidermis of a plant

cut in

2 of 2 verb
: to join in suddenly
cut in on a conversation
: to interrupt a dancing couple and take one partner's place
: to mix with cutting motions
add the shortening to the flour and cut it in
: to include among those who get a cut
I'll cut you in on the profits

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