[ in-leyd, in-leyd ]
/ ˈɪnˌleɪd, ɪnˈleɪd /


set into the surface of something: an inlaid design on a chest.
decorated or made with a design set into the surface: an inlaid table.

Origin of inlaid

First recorded in 1590–1600; past participle of inlay

Related forms

un·in·laid, adjective

Definition for inlaid (2 of 2)


[ verb in-ley, in-ley; noun in-ley ]
/ verb ˈɪnˌleɪ, ˌɪnˈleɪ; noun ˈɪnˌleɪ /

verb (used with object), in·laid, in·lay·ing.


Origin of inlay

First recorded in 1590–1600; in-1 + lay1

Related forms

in·lay·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inlaid

British Dictionary definitions for inlaid (1 of 2)


/ (ˈɪnˌleɪd, ɪnˈleɪd) /


set in the surface, as a design in wood
having such a design or inlayan inlaid table

British Dictionary definitions for inlaid (2 of 2)


verb (ɪnˈleɪ) -lays, -laying or -laid (tr)

to decorate (an article, esp of furniture, or a surface) by inserting pieces of wood, ivory, etc, into prepared slots in the surface

noun (ˈɪnˌleɪ)

dentistry a filling, made of gold, porcelain, etc, inserted into a cavity and held in position by cement
decoration made by inlaying
an inlaid article, surface, etc

Derived Forms

inlayer, noun
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Medicine definitions for inlaid


[ ĭnlā′, ĭn-lā ]


A solid filling, as of gold or porcelain, fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place.
A graft of bone, skin, or other tissue.
An orthomechanical device inserted into a shoe.
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