in·​laid | \ˈin-ˈlād \

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

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This also allowed him to build his own grand palace complex with walls of inlaid glass and intricate mosaics. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval artisans built a glass-walled palace in the desert," 31 Aug. 2018 The ship’s been turned into a slightly gimmicky family attraction, but retains much of its old-world dignity: The promenade deck features original details and inlaid-wood paneling. Rico Gagliano, WSJ, "3 Quick Escapes From Los Angeles," 1 Aug. 2018 The public spaces have decidedly Arabian touches like inlaid tables, lanterns, and keyhole doorways. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "35 Best Hotels in Dubai," 4 Mar. 2018 The daybed is Swedish — a beautiful sculpture with beautiful inlaid woods, floating there. Mimi Read, House Beautiful, "Benjamin Dhong on Layering Texture and Color," 11 Aug. 2014 Walnut and oak beds and bureaus used inlaid marquetry for their quality workmanship and decoration. Ann Norman,, "Exhibitions highlighted Victorian influences on American design: Yenke Peddler antiques," 8 Mar. 2018 The front door with sidelights, transom, and a half-moon window over the second floor opens into the spacious foyer with an inlaid hardwood floor, offering a preview of the luxurious interior. Joan Walden,, "Property of the Week: 3 Erica Lane, West Simsbury," 20 July 2017 Gold-filigreed walls and inlaid wood floors presented a striking contrast to the Calvinist practicality of Geneva buildings. Peter Kujawinski, New York Times, "Colliders, Sundials and Wonder: When Science Is Your Destination," 28 May 2018 Fifteen thousand dollars' worth of oil paintings of the owner and his family hung on the walls, and mosaic inlaid tile covered the floor from front to back. Charles J. Johnson,, "The short, sad story of Cafe de Champion — Jack Johnson's mixed-race nightclub on Chicago's South Side," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of inlaid

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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 \

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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