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 The floor, covered with brown linoleum, was divided into squares by white grid lines and strewn with pieces of chalk and balls of string. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘A Game of Birds and Wolves’ Review: The Invention of the Raspberry," 21 Feb. 2020 Riffe is a linoleum and woodcut relief block print artist. Eric Dusenbery, al, "Meet 5 Alabama artists embracing tactile arts in a digital world," 23 Dec. 2019 The game covered a brown linoleum gymnasium-sized floor. Dallas News, "How a British officer and a team of young women outsmarted Nazi Germany’s U-boats," 4 Feb. 2020 Sloane spun around, her feet tacky on the linoleum, and swiped with the knife. David Canfield,, "Chosen Ones: See an exclusive preview of Veronica Roth's thrilling adult debut," 30 Sep. 2019 It is rumored, if spilled, to melt the linoleum on a clinic floor. Longreads, "Communiqué from an Exurban Satellite Clinic of a Cancer Pavilion Named after a Financier," 17 Sep. 2019 The intricate hand-tooling on the linoleum is about 80 percent of the process. Eric Dusenbery, al, "Meet 5 Alabama artists embracing tactile arts in a digital world," 23 Dec. 2019 My bra’s cups keep slipping off my chest and shattering with a crash on the linoleum floor. Hannah Wolansky, The New Yorker, "Troubleshooting Your Bra," 20 Nov. 2019 The easiest fix to hide ugly tile or linoleum is to put down a rug, Cooney says. Helen Carefoot, Washington Post, "Fixes for your tragic rental bathroom that don’t involve construction," 18 July 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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The first known use of linoleum was in 1878

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28 Mar 2020

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“Linoleum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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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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