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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The sleek model works on wood, linoleum, tile, and cement floors and comes in five polished colors: black, silver, matte black, rose gold, sea glass, and white. Wendy Vazquez, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Dec. 2022 The homes of my childhood were covered with linoleum, tile and carpet, from berber to shag. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 10 Sep. 2022 The two-in-one machine can hit suction powers up to 2,700 pascals, effortlessly picking up pet hair and dust on a number of surfaces, including carpets, linoleum, tile, and hard floors. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 28 Aug. 2022 Whether it's used in a kitchen or dining area, the practicality of linoleum might be worth foregoing for something less tacky like wood or tile. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 14 Dec. 2022 In the linoleum renaissance, the colors are rich and sophisticated, the patterns unexpected. Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, 4 Nov. 2022 Still, the linoleum tiles in the kitchen have long since disappeared under layers of filth. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 21 Oct. 2022 It’s finding ways to reverse 40 years of dark and dirty neglect—1970s linoleum curling up over rotted wood, rusted metal walls, wilting sheets of paint. Anna Fiorentino, Outside Online, 8 Sep. 2022 The $1 million, which was approved in a unanimous vote on Tuesday, will go toward repairing the liner’s linoleum flooring and carpet, refrigerators, elevators and kitchen exhaust hood. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 4 Nov. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'linoleum.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Dictionary Entries Near linoleum

Cite this Entry

“Linoleum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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

More from Merriam-Webster on linoleum

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?