fo·​li·​ate ˈfō-lē-ət How to pronounce foliate (audio)
: shaped like a leaf
a foliate sponge

Examples of foliate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That accessory dates back to the late 1800s, and features floral and foliate motifs with rose-cut diamonds. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 21 Sep. 2023 The Princess was dressed by Hartnell in a gown of British woven silk satin, inspired, as the designer noted, by Boticelli’s Primavera and embroidered with seed pearls in foliate designs. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 8 Sep. 2022 Art Deco carved ruby and diamond braceletwith trailing foliate design with an open panel clasp, mounted in platinum, circa 1930. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 1 July 2022 The diamond tiara was made by E. Wolff & Co for R & S. Garrard in a scrolled and pierced foliate form. Stephanie Petit,, 25 Feb. 2022 The works reference Art Nouveau’s mimicry of foliate forms — only, in this case, they’re literally composed of leaves. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 On one tall, tapered rectangular vase, Pignolet alternates foliate ornamentation with extracts from the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford at the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2019 These beetles can cause a grade deal of damage to linden and crabapple trees, fruit-bearing trees and grapevines, along with other foliate flora. USA TODAY, 26 July 2019 Round box with lid made by Frank J. Marshall Photo: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Hale’s jewelry designs often incorporate foliate motifs in the gold or silver setting. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, 28 Nov. 2018

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Word History


Latin foliatus leafy, from folium leaf — more at blade

First Known Use

circa 1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of foliate was circa 1658

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“Foliate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


fo·​li·​ate ˈfō-lē-ət How to pronounce foliate (audio) -ˌāt How to pronounce foliate (audio)
: shaped like a leaf

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