un·​der·​laid ˌən-dər-ˈlād How to pronounce underlaid (audio)
: laid or placed underneath
: having something laid or lying underneath

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Nazism in Europe was underlaid by an intricate matrix of racist, eugenicist and nationalist ideas. Aomar Boum, The Conversation, 15 Nov. 2022 His music frequently features Southern staples like loving country women, going to church and beer drinking, but is often underlaid with trap and rap beats and occasionally sprinkled with a dose of Sunday morning choir. Tandra Smith | Tsmith@al.com, al, 28 May 2022 Political observers say the schism between the two seems to be underlaid by a complicated mix of personal disdain and policy differences. New York Times, 9 May 2022 Dry palate underlaid with a creamy richness, long-lasting mousse. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 The music swells, underlaid with the sound of rushing wind. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of underlaid was before the 12th century

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“Underlaid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underlaid. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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