mul·​ti·​lay·​ered | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈlā-ərd How to pronounce multilayered (audio) , -ˌtī-, -ˈlerd\
variants: or multilayer \ ˌməl-​tē-​ˈlā-​ər How to pronounce multilayer (audio) , -​ˌtī-​ , -​ˈler \

Definition of multilayered

: having or involving several distinct layers, strata, or levels

Examples of multilayered in a Sentence

The novel's plot is multilayered.

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This particular costume is an elaborate multilayered assemblage of fabrics in vertical strips on a wide frame, so as to produce a whirlwind effect when the wearer dances. New York Times, "Beat the Heat With These 10 Must-See Art Shows," 19 July 2019 Cases that involve allegations of nonsexual child abuse against school teachers are multilayered, said Kenneth Mysogland, who headed DCF’s special investigations unit before becoming one of the agency’s top administrators. Josh Kovner,, "DCF will interview teacher, parents and children as it investigates complaint against Avon magnet school teacher," 12 July 2019 January LaVoy narrates this multilayered biography with clarity and compassion. Washington Post, "Turn up the volume: This month’s best audiobooks have something to say," 17 June 2019 The answer lies in a complex, multilayered system that controls how proteins are made. Quanta Magazine, "Machine Intelligence Cracks Genetic Controls," 18 Dec. 2014 The miniseries is a multilayered family drama that jumps among different eras of the Crain family, focusing on their traumatic time in the haunted house more than 20 years ago and being drawn back to it in the present day. Michael Ordoña,, "Timothy Hutton on what possessed him to take on TV horror in ‘The Haunting of Hill House’," 10 June 2019 The film is heart-wrenching, emotionally frustrating, and deeply felt—a multilayered texture that Gorbacheva brings to much of her work. Vogue, "Irina Gorbacheva Is Breaking the Mold of What It Means to Be a Russian Actress," 18 Mar. 2019 Lengthy, multilayered hiring processes leave vacancies open far longer than necessary and alienate job candidates. Peter Cappelli, WSJ, "The Biggest Mistakes Companies Make With Hiring," 21 Feb. 2019 The best cameras — something Google knows a lot about — are defined by highly customized, multilayered exploitation of the basic hardware. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google keeps failing to understand tablets," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of multilayered

1923, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of multilayered

: having or involving three or more layers or levels


mul·​ti·​lay·​ered | \ ˌməl-ti-ˈlā-ərd, -ˈle(-ə)rd How to pronounce multilayered (audio) \
variants: or multilayer \ -​ˈlā-​ər, -​ˈle(-​ə)r How to pronounce multilayer (audio) \

Medical Definition of multilayered

: having or involving several distinct layers, strata, or levels multilayered epidermis a multilayered personality

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