[ in-ter-lin-ee-er ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈlɪn i ər /


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.

Origin of interlinear

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

Related forms

in·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



/ (ˌɪntəˈlɪnɪə) /


written or printed between lines of text
written or printed with the text in different languages or versions on alternate lines

Derived Forms

interlinearly or interlineally, adverb
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