li·​no·​leum lə-ˈnō-lē-əm How to pronounce linoleum (audio)
often attributive
: a floor covering made by laying on a burlap or canvas backing a mixture of solidified linseed oil with gums, cork dust or wood flour or both, and usually pigments
: a material similar to linoleum

Examples of linoleum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Linocuts are made by carving a design into linoleum and then prints an image from it. Lyndi McNulty, Baltimore Sun, 15 June 2024 The other dancers, aged 11 to 16, sit cross-legged on the linoleum floor talking about social media. Jocelyn Gecker, Fortune, 5 June 2024 Yellow-print linoleum flooring, pale-yellow counters. Zach Williams, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 In my case: in a sage green uniform with a lanyard and a broom, sweeping up the linoleum floors of a Philadelphia elementary school. TIME, 9 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for linoleum 

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Word History


Latin linum flax + oleum oil — more at oil

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of linoleum was in 1878

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Cite this Entry

“Linoleum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


li·​no·​leum lə-ˈnō-lē-əm How to pronounce linoleum (audio)
: a floor covering with a canvas back and a surface of hardened linseed oil and usually cork dust

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