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

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The home features wood inlaid ceilings, retractable glass walls and a gourmet kitchen with multiple ovens. Ebony Day, azcentral, "5 Paradise Valley homes sell for more than $2M," 9 Sep. 2019 Living spaces downstairs feature travertine tile floors with an inlaid contrast pattern. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Bay-front living at Harbor Bay’s edge," 29 July 2019 In nearly 9,000 square feet, there are six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a center-island kitchen, movie theater with tiered seating and formal dining room with custom inlaid floors. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Former Charger Darren Sproles puts Poway mansion on the market," 22 July 2019 Parquet is the term for floors made of inlaid wood, arranged in a geometric pattern. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Parquet Flooring: What Exactly Is it?," 15 Apr. 2019 In this evening’s show, for instance, what might have looked like a printed interpretation of Egyptian tomb paintings was actually highly detailed feather marquetry—like inlaid puzzle pieces. Amy Verner, Vogue, "Vogue Got an Exclusive Tour of Chanel’s Ateliers While Tonight’s Métiers d’Art Collection Was Being Made," 5 Dec. 2018 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

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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 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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