[ in-ter-lahrd ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈlɑrd /

verb (used with object)

to diversify by adding or interjecting something unique, striking, or contrasting (usually followed by with): to interlard one's speech with oaths.
(of things) to be intermixed in.
Obsolete. to mix, as fat with lean meat.


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Origin of interlard

1525–35; inter- + lard; replacing enterlard < Middle French entrelarder


in·ter·lar·da·tion, in·ter·lard·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for interlard

  • He did not play upon words as a habit, nor did he interlard his talk with far-fetched or overstrained witticisms.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay|George Otto Trevelyan
  • If they hear them interlard their conversation with by-words and oaths, they will be strongly tempted to do the same.

    Anecdotes for Boys|Harvey Newcomb
  • Be careful not to interlard conversation with "sir," or "ma'am."

    Social Life|Maud C. Cooke
  • Fillet a sole and interlard each piece with a bit of anchovy.

British Dictionary definitions for interlard

/ (ˌɪntəˈlɑːd) /

verb (tr)

to scatter thickly in or between; intersperseto interlard one's writing with foreign phrases
to occur frequently in; be scattered in or throughforeign phrases interlard his writings
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