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

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


Nearby words

  1. inland sea,
  2. inlander,
  3. inlandish,
  4. inlaut,
  5. inlaw,
  6. inlay graft,
  7. inlaying,
  8. inlet,
  9. inlier,
  10. inline

Origin of inlay

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for inlay


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 Formsinlayer, noun

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Word Origin and History for inlay


1590s (v.), 1650s (n.), from in + lay. Related: Inlaid.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for inlay


[ 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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