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

Examples of linoleum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Any group of people huddled in the same space, whether the décor is steel and linoleum or red velvet and marble, will share flu and cold viruses. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 14 Sep. 2021 Vinyl tile, linoleum and other hard surfaces can be scrubbed with a solution of no more than one cup of chlorine bleach to one gallon of water. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 Fast-forward to some hours later, my mother, finally at my grandparents' apartment, is sitting at the kitchen table and I'm splayed out sobbing on the linoleum kitchen floor. Sam Gillette,, 8 Sep. 2021 The Federal government requisitioned the hotel as a military hospital, covering its marble floors with linoleum and painting its ornate walls a dismal battleship gray. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2021 Another regular couple brings their own 4-by-4 linoleum fold-up dance floor and opens it up between cars by the curb. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 July 2021 Their sensible sneakers and sandals squeak against the linoleum floor., 12 July 2021 Less than an hour later, Big Phil pulled himself from bed, staggered into the kitchen of his parents’ home, and sank to the linoleum floor, begging for help., 3 July 2021 Along the base of each was a stripe of the same checkerboard linoleum used on the dining room floor. New York Times, 29 June 2021

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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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15 Oct 2021

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“Linoleum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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