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noun (1)

lin·​er ˈlī-nər How to pronounce liner (audio)
: one that makes, draws, or uses lines
: a ship belonging to a regular line
: an airplane belonging to an airline
: something with which lines are made


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noun (2)

: one that lines or is used to line or back something
linerless adjective

Examples of liner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Disney also operates a fleet of five cruise liners that act as miniature floating theme parks flexibly deployed to soak up demand that cannot be serviced by its fix-point resorts. Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2023 At just $5, the medium-weight plastic liner includes weighted magnets to hold the liner in place. Alice Knisley Matthias, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Sep. 2023 Made of polyethylene, a heat-resistant plastic, the liner is about 5% of the total cup but a significant piece of its overall carbon footprint. Peter Prengaman, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2023 McGrath was tasked with creating the hundreds of makeup looks—exaggerated winged liner, pastel blue smokey eyes, and more—all with a distinct Anglo flare. Margaux Anbouba, Vogue, 15 Sep. 2023 Set aside your black liner for something more colorful. Paige Stables, Allure, 14 Sep. 2023 For example, there are removable rubber liners at the bottom of the map pockets to keep stuff from rattling and also to allow for cleaning. Tony Swan, Car and Driver, 28 Aug. 2023 Myles Straw moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt, but Ryu retired Calhoun on fly ball to left and was rescued by center fielder Daulton Varsho, who ended the inning by making a nice catch on Ramirez’s liner. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 26 Aug. 2023 Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with baking spray with flour or line with paper liners. Anna Theoktisto, Southern Living, 24 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Liner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
lin·​er ˈlī-nər How to pronounce liner (audio)
: a ship or airplane of a regular transportation line
an ocean liner
: something with which lines are made or drawn
use a cosmetic liner to make the eyes more attractive


2 of 2 noun
: one that lines or is used to line something

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