[in-ter-leys, in-ter-leys]

verb (used without object), in·ter·laced, in·ter·lac·ing.

to cross one another, typically passing alternately over and under, as if woven together; intertwine: Their hands interlaced.

verb (used with object), in·ter·laced, in·ter·lac·ing.

to unite or arrange (threads, strips, parts, branches, etc.) so as to intercross one another, passing alternately over and under; intertwine.
to mingle; blend.
to diversify, as with threads woven in.
to intersperse; intermingle: She interlaced her lecture on Schubert with some of his songs.

Origin of interlace

1325–75; inter- + lace; replacing Middle English entrelacen < Middle French en-trelacer
Related formsin·ter·lac·ed·ly [in-ter-ley-sid-lee] /ˌɪn tərˈleɪ sɪd li/, adverbin·ter·lace·ment, nounun·in·ter·laced, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for interlace

interweave, twine, entwine, alternate, mix, braid, knit, weave

Examples from the Web for interlace

Contemporary Examples of interlace

Historical Examples of interlace

  • It made her interlace her fingers with nervous anxiety, but it set a fire in her eyes.

  • To interlace these is the crowning achievement of political science.

  • To interlace a story with glass and with rope with color and roam.

    Geography and Plays

    Gertrude Stein

  • They interpenetrate, interlace, correspond with and embrace each other.

  • Note the large fibers in the ligament, which branch and interlace.

    A Practical Physiology

    Albert F. Blaisdell

British Dictionary definitions for interlace



to join together (patterns, fingers, etc) by crossing, as if woven; intertwine
(tr) to mingle or blend in an intricate way
(tr usually foll by with) to change the pattern of; diversify; intersperseto interlace a speech with humour
Derived Formsinterlacedly (ˌɪntəˈleɪsɪdlɪ), adverbinterlacement, noun
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Word Origin and History for interlace

late 14c., from Middle French entrelacer, from entre- (see entre-) + lacer (see lace). Television sense is from 1927. Related: Interlaced; interlacing. The noun is 1904, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper