[ in-greynd, in-greynd ]
/ ɪnˈgreɪnd, ˈɪnˌgreɪnd /


firmly fixed; deep-rooted; inveterate: ingrained superstition.
wrought into or through the grain or fiber.
Also engrained.

Origin of ingrained

First recorded in 1590–1600; ingrain + -ed2
Related formsin·grain·ed·ly [in-grey-nid-lee, -greynd-] /ɪnˈgreɪ nɪd li, -ˈgreɪnd-/, adverbin·grain·ed·ness, nounun·in·grained, adjective

Definition for ingrained (2 of 2)


[ verb in-greyn; adjective, noun in-greyn ]
/ verb ɪnˈgreɪn; adjective, noun ˈɪnˌgreɪn /

verb (used with object)

to implant or fix deeply and firmly, as in the nature or mind.



yarn, wool, etc., dyed before manufacture.
an ingrain carpet.
Also engrain (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of ingrain

1760–70; orig. phrase (dyed) in grain (i.e., with kermes) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ingrained (1 of 2)



/ (ɪnˈɡreɪnd) /


deeply impressed or instilledhis fears are deeply ingrained
(prenominal) complete or inveterate; utteran ingrained fool
(esp of dirt) worked into or through the fibre, grain, pores, etc
Derived Formsingrainedly or engrainedly (ɪnˈɡreɪnɪdlɪ), adverbingrainedness or engrainedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for ingrained (2 of 2)



verb (ɪnˈɡreɪn) (tr)

to impress deeply on the mind or nature; instil
archaic to dye into the fibre of (a fabric)

adjective (ˈɪnˌɡreɪn)

variants of ingrained
(of woven or knitted articles, esp rugs and carpets) made of dyed yarn or of fibre that is dyed before being spun into yarn

noun (ˈɪnˌɡreɪn)

  1. a carpet made from ingrained yarn
  2. such yarn

Word Origin for ingrain

C18: from the phrase dyed in grain dyed with kermes through the fibre
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Word Origin and History for ingrained



1766, see engrain. Figurative use, of qualities, habits, etc., attested from 1851 (in ingrained). Of dyed carpets, etc., 1766, from in grain.

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