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.
Recent Examples on the Web He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in photography in 2015 for his work on the Arab Spring, culminating in the publication of Discordia, a multilayered visual representation of the Arab Spring. National Geographic, "Moises Saman," 24 June 2020 The multilayered approach requires officers in plainclothes, ordinary uniform and riot gear. NBC News, "Rubber bullets and flash-bangs don't just tear through crowds — they jeopardize years of police reform," 4 June 2020 And then there is the Trifid Nebula, a multilayered cloud of gas and dust forming the pattern of a three-petaled flower. Dean Regas,, "Things to look for in the night sky this summer 🌌," 10 June 2020 For health care workers, the study found that N95 masks and other respirator-type masks might give greater protection from viral transmission than surgical masks or multilayered cotton or gauze masks. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Social distancing and masks reduce risk of getting Covid-19, review finds," 1 June 2020 One is that, like a multilayered III-V cell, a perovskite-silicon tandem cell divides up the job of capturing sunlight. The Economist, "Solar’s new power New solar cells extract more energy from sunshine," 23 May 2020 Tarantino also wouldn't be a bad pick, but Bong's multilayered storytelling begs to be honored here. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Oscar predictions: Who will win Academy Awards – and who should," 4 Feb. 2020 Once it was recognized that Covid-19 was being transmitted in the U.S., states took multilayered approaches to avoid a catastrophic burden on hospitals and save lives. Rajeev Venkayya, STAT, "A ‘Swiss cheese’ approach can give us a second chance to contain Covid-19," 24 Apr. 2020 Negga’s extraordinary, multilayered performance was built on the outrage of a previously untested mind coming to terms with an awareness of that other realm. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Off Broadway’s Season Shook Up Norms of Life and Theater," 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of multilayered

1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Multilayered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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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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