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[in-ter-lahrd] /ˌɪn tərˈlɑrd/
verb (used with object)
to diversify by adding or interjecting something unique, striking, or contrasting (usually followed by with):
to interlard one's speech with oaths.
(of things) to be intermixed in.
Obsolete. to mix, as fat with lean meat.
Origin of interlard
1525-35; inter- + lard; replacing enterlard < Middle French entrelarder
Related forms
interlardation, interlardment, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for interlard
Historical Examples
  • Fillet a sole and interlard each piece with a bit of anchovy.

  • Be careful not to interlard conversation with "sir," or "ma'am."

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • He did not play upon words as a habit, nor did he interlard his talk with far-fetched or overstrained witticisms.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
  • If they hear them interlard their conversation with by-words and oaths, they will be strongly tempted to do the same.

    Anecdotes for Boys Harvey Newcomb
British Dictionary definitions for interlard


verb (transitive)
to scatter thickly in or between; intersperse: to interlard one's writing with foreign phrases
to occur frequently in; be scattered in or through: foreign phrases interlard his writings
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Word Origin and History for interlard

early 15c., "to mix with alternate layers of fat" (before cooking), from Middle French entrelarder, from entre- "between" (see inter-) + larder "to lard," from Old French lard "bacon fat" (see lard (n.)). Figurative sense of "diversify with something intermixed" first recorded 1560s. Related: Interlarded; interlarding.

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