interlinear

1 of 2

adjective

in·​ter·​lin·​ear ˌin-tər-ˈli-nē-ər How to pronounce interlinear (audio)
1
: inserted between lines already written or printed
2
: written or printed in different languages or texts in alternate lines
interlinearly adverb

interlinear

2 of 2

noun

: a book having interlinear matter
especially : a book in a foreign language with interlinear translation

Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English interliniare, from Medieval Latin interlinearis, from Latin inter- + linea line

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of interlinear was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Interlinear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interlinear. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

interlinear

adjective
in·​ter·​lin·​ear
ˌint-ər-ˈlin-ē-ər
1
: written between lines already written or printed
2
: printed in different languages in alternate lines
an interlinear translation
interlinearly adverb
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