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  1. an inner lining placed between the ordinary lining and the outer fabric of a garment.
  2. material, as cotton or wool, for this purpose.
  3. lining and padding quilted together.

Origin of interlining1

First recorded in 1880–85; interline2 + -ing1


  1. something that is written or inserted between lines of writing or print.
  2. such insertions collectively.

Origin of interlining2

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at interline1, -ing1


verb (used with object), in·ter·lined, in·ter·lin·ing.
  1. to write or insert (words, phrases, etc.) between the lines of writing or print.
  2. to mark or inscribe (a document, book, etc.) between the lines.
  3. to transfer (freight) from one carrier to another in the course of shipment.
verb (used without object), in·ter·lined, in·ter·lin·ing.
  1. to transfer freight from one carrier to another in the course of shipment.
  1. involving or indicating a transfer of passengers or freight from one carrier to another during travel or shipment: interline flights.
  2. of or relating to transactions between competing carriers, especially airlines, by which passengers, baggage, and freight are transferred from one carrier to another using only one ticket or one check-in procedure from departure point to destination.

Origin of interline1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word interlīneāre. See inter-, line1


verb (used with object), in·ter·lined, in·ter·lin·ing.
  1. to provide (a garment) with an interlining.

Origin of interline2

First recorded in 1470–80; inter- + line2
Related formsin·ter·lin·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for interlining

Historical Examples

  • Frequently there was no interlining between the right and wrong sides.


    Marie D. Webster

  • They were very warm, as the interlining was usually of wool.


    Marie D. Webster

  • The interlining, if the quilting is to be close and elaborate, must be thin.


    Marie D. Webster

  • Its16 walls are double-boarded, with an interlining of sheathing paper.

    Making a Poultry House

    Mary Roberts Conover

  • In a close-fitting collar made of heavy material an interlining of canvas or crinoline is necessary.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

British Dictionary definitions for interlining


  1. the material used to interline parts of garments, now often made of reinforced paper


interlineate (ˌɪntəˈlɪnɪˌeɪt)

  1. (tr) to write or print (matter) between the lines of (a text, book, etc)
Derived Formsinterlining or interlineation, noun


  1. (tr) to provide (a part of a garment, such as a collar or cuff) with a second lining, esp of stiffened material
Derived Formsinterliner, noun
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Word Origin and History for interlining



c.1400, "make corrections or insertions between the lines of (a document)," from inter- + line; perhaps modeled on Medieval Latin interlineare. Related: Interlined; interlining.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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