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 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, "A Virtual Homecoming for Lost Treasures," 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, "Scottsdale mansion with resort-style pool among this week's priciest homes in metro Phoenix," 6 Apr. 2020 The arched main entrance opens into a hallway with inlaid wood floors and wall sconce lighting. Lisa Prevost, New York Times, "House Hunting in Belgium: A Restored Rectory on a Canal," 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, "The Seven-Stop Shopping Guide to Santa Fe," 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, "Spanish-style oasis in Medina asks $4.95 million: House of the Week," 21 Feb. 2020 In the hallway that connects the barn with the main house, Robshaw placed a Syrian inlaid chair atop Tuareg rugs. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "This Pattern-Filled Library Was Once a Ramshackle Barn," 29 Oct. 2019 The Grade I Model 1000, the top of the line, featured gold inlaid engraving, premium walnut, a rosewood grip cap, and custom measurements, all for $970. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "8 Great Shotguns You’ve Never Heard Of," 6 Dec. 2019 The Brewers will wear state of Wisconsin sleeve patches on their road uniforms with an inlaid-brick design and a baseball placed where the city of Milwaukee would be. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers returning to ball-in-glove logo for 2020, unveil new uniform designs for 50th anniversary celebration," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of inlaid

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Inlaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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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


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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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