[ foh-lee-ij ]
/ ˈfoʊ li ɪdʒ /


the leaves of a plant, collectively; leafage.
leaves in general.
the representation of leaves, flowers, and branches in painting, architectural ornament, etc.

Nearby words

  1. foldup,
  2. foley,
  3. foley catheter,
  4. folia,
  5. foliaceous,
  6. foliage plant,
  7. foliar,
  8. foliate,
  9. foliate papilla,
  10. foliated

Origin of foliage

1400–50; late Middle English foilage < Middle French fueillage, foillage, derivative of feuille leaf; influenced by Latin folium folium. See foil2, -age

Related formsfo·li·aged, adjectiveun·fo·li·aged, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for foliage


/ (ˈfəʊlɪɪdʒ) /


the green leaves of a plant
sprays of leaves used for decoration
an ornamental leaflike design
Derived Formsfoliaged, adjective

Word Origin for foliage

C15: from Old French fuellage, from fuelle leaf; influenced in form by Latin folium

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Word Origin and History for foliage



mid-15c., from Middle French feuillage, from Old French feuille "leaf" (see foil (n.)). The form has altered by influence of Latin folium.

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