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

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Just the tap of her heels on the kitchen linoleum sent my heart rate into rapid ascent. Laura Zera, New York Times, "No One Helped My Mentally Ill Mother, or Me," 22 June 2018 One side of their kitchen is an incredibly intact, perfectly functioning prefabricated kitchen from the 1930s, with curved Art Deco shelves, white steel cabinets with their original fixtures, and high-gloss linoleum countertops with steel trim. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "To renovate or not to renovate?," 5 Sep. 2018 Before you pigeonhole me as a full-on dipsomaniac (that’s a fancy way to say boozehound), allow me to explain that many rum distilleries in Martinique offer more than a linoleum tasting counter and a gift shop. Christopher Muther,, "How Martinique’s rum became certifiably the best in the Caribbean," 14 Mar. 2018 The vintage Armstrong linoleum floor makes the room look dark and cramped and is starting to peel. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "To renovate or not to renovate?," 5 Sep. 2018 Countertop: Material for the countertop, which is made of molded linoleum tiles, cost only $74! Jessica Dodell-feder, Country Living, "Quick Kitchen Renovations," 19 Sep. 2014 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

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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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The first known use of linoleum was in 1878

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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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