noun, often attributive
li·​no·​leum | \lə-ˈnō-lē-əm, -ˈnōl-yəm\

Definition of linoleum 

1 : 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

2 : a material similar to linoleum

Examples of linoleum in a Sentence

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My father, Richard, fixed up a section for us with wood paneling and ugly linoleum on the concrete floor. Marc Myers, WSJ, "John Mellencamp Began His Art Career in His Family’s Indiana Basement," 24 Apr. 2018 The funereal has turned to giddy in the linoleum hallways of State. Barbara K. Bodine, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘War on Peace,’ by Ronan Farrow," 17 May 2018 The area behind the front desk was an industrial yellow and the floor was a drab linoleum and was later covered with faux wood planks. Michael Milton, New York Times, "Hotel Belleclaire: A Dowager on the Rise," 12 Jan. 2018 In order to get to the wood, Yip had to tear out all of those layers of vinyl and linoleum by hand. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "Designer Vern Yip Spills All His "Trading Spaces" Secrets," 17 Mar. 2017 Ceiling tiles and linoleum had been plastered over the structure's old bones. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Bed & Breakfast Opens At Geer Tree Farm," 10 May 2018 Crews ripped out walls, ceilings and flooring, exposing layers of linoleum flooring original to the building. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "The Elite Are Locked Out, While ‘21’ Dries Out," 31 Jan. 2018 The seventh hole became so unmanageable that some likened it to putting on linoleum. Barry Wilner, Houston Chronicle, "USGA apologizes for unfair course in 3rd round of US Open," 17 June 2018 Flooring is linoleum, and walls are either brick or paneled. Donald Liebenson, Lake County News-Sun, "Sandy's aims to be your home away from home," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of linoleum

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for linoleum

Latin linum flax + oleum oil — more at oil

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English Language Learners Definition of linoleum

: a type of material that is produced in thin sheets, has a shiny surface, and is used to cover floors and counters


li·​no·​leum | \lə-ˈnō-lē-əm, -ˈnōl-yəm\

Kids Definition of linoleum

: a floor covering with a canvas back and a surface of hardened linseed oil and cork dust

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