in·​laid | \ ˈin-ˈlād How to pronounce inlaid (audio) \

Definition of inlaid

1a : set into a surface in a decorative design tables with inlaid marble
b : decorated with a design or material set into a surface a table with an inlaid top
2 of linoleum : having a design that goes all the way through to the backing

Examples of inlaid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The prewar unit retains its inlaid parquet floors, crown moldings, butter-yellow tile in the windowed bathroom, and five arched doorways throughout. Jenny Xie, Curbed, 11 Aug. 2021 Decked out in dark woods, leather chairs and golden mirrors, the space will brim with narrative details inspired by its namesake, Captain Hook: an inlaid wooden map of Never Land, a hidden pocket watch and – of course – a hook, to name a few. Tim Walters, USA TODAY, 29 July 2021 The foyer boasts an inlaid border with a compass rose design, the private rear patio features a pergola and the upper level leads to a deck with a view of the historic Naval Academy dome, recently refinished in a stunning copper. Mary Carole Mccauley,, 22 Feb. 2021 For nearly 100 years, two carved ivory leopards with spots of inlaid bronze have stood tail to tail in London’s British Museum. Tobias Grey, WSJ, 15 May 2020 The contemporary-style mansion was completed in 2019 and features luxurious wood inlaid ceilings, contemporary electric fireplaces and modern light fixtures. Ebony Day, azcentral, 6 Apr. 2020 The arched main entrance opens into a hallway with inlaid wood floors and wall sconce lighting. Lisa Prevost, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2020 Co-founded by Bill Wirtel in 1978, the studio specializes in stone-inlaid knives: The Apache gold, azurite, and turquoise are sourced in Arizona and the petrified brontosaurus bone in Utah. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Sep. 2019 Enter through the 12-foot wood front door into a two-story solarium with inlaid marble floors and a sweeping staircase with a railings made from Mexican iron. cleveland, 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of inlaid

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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1 Sep 2021

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“Inlaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inlaid

: set into the surface of something in a decorative pattern
: decorated with an inlaid design


in·​laid | \ ˈin-ˈlād How to pronounce inlaid (audio) \

Kids Definition of inlaid

1 : set into a surface in a decorative pattern an inlaid design
2 : decorated with a design or material set into a surface an inlaid table


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