noun, often attributive
li·​no·​leum | \ lə-ˈnō-lē-əm How to pronounce linoleum (audio) , -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

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Service was very attentive in the tiny restaurant, which has about 15 counter seats with linoleum foot counter and half a dozen maroon-colored booths. Marc Bona,, "Steve’s Doghouse: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 24 Aug. 2019 The office looked like a DMV, with linoleum floors and snaking lines of people clutching forms in their sweaty hands. Summer Block, Longreads, "Better Late," 23 Aug. 2019 Certain elements of the building that existed in 1963 received painstaking attention, too, like the green linoleum that covered parts of the floor. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "Dallas' old city hall has been transformed inside for UNT Dallas' law school," 27 June 2019 In addition to the stains, Lee also tested glass and linoleum shards found in the sneakers to see if they could be matched to the Tylers’ house but no match could be made. Dave Altimari,, "Forensic scientist Henry Lee challenged in another murder case as Darien man seeks new trial claiming inaccurate testimony led to wrongful conviction," 10 July 2019 Every dust mote, every linoleum scuff and porcelain glint has been crafted with breathtaking care. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: Woody and Buzz are back and better than ever," 20 June 2019 His father, Arthur, was in the linoleum business, and his mother, Olga (Thorzen) Earle, was a homemaker. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Robert Earle, 93, Moderator of TV’s ‘College Bowl,’ Is Dead," 7 June 2019 Yellow-and-white linoleum on the floor finish the look. Katerina Ang, WSJ, "The Return of the Luxurious Retro Kitchen," 12 Sep. 2018 Children played cornhole and chased balls across a squishy linoleum floor in a fake flagstone pattern. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "Viewing U.S. border cells derided as ‘cages,’ Central American officials pledge more immigration cooperation," 21 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce linoleum (audio) , -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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