[ en-greyl ]
/ ɛnˈgreɪl /

verb (used with object)

to ornament the edge of with curved indentations.
Minting. to make dots or curves on the cylindrical edge of (a coin, medal, etc.) so as to form a pattern.

Origin of engrail

1375–1425; late Middle English engrelen < Anglo-French, Middle French engresler, equivalent to en- en-1 + gresler to make slender ≪ Latin gracilis gracile; compare French grêle kind of file, derivative of grêler

Related forms

en·grail·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for engrail


/ (ɪnˈɡreɪl) /


(tr) to decorate or mark (the edge of) (a coin) with small carved notches

Derived Forms

engrailment, noun

Word Origin for engrail

C14: from Old French engresler, from en- 1 + gresle slim, from Latin gracilis slender, graceful
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