situated or inserted between lines, as of the lines of print in a book: a Latin text with interlinear translation.
having interpolated lines; interlined.
having the same text in various languages set in alternate lines: the interlinear Bible.


a book, especially a textbook, having interlinear matter, as a translation.

Nearby words

  1. interleukin-2,
  2. interleukin-3,
  3. interlibrary loan,
  4. interline,
  5. interlineal,
  6. interlinear spacing,
  7. interlineate,
  8. interlingua,
  9. interlingual,
  10. interlining

Origin of interlinear

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word interlīneāris. See interline1, -ar1

Related formsin·ter·lin·e·ar·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for interlinear




written or printed between lines of text
written or printed with the text in different languages or versions on alternate lines
Derived Formsinterlinearly or interlineally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for interlinear



late 14c., from Medieval Latin interlinearis "that which is between the lines," from inter- (see inter-) + Latin linearis (see linear).

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