[ soil-yer ]

  1. a stain.

Origin of soilure

1250–1300; Middle English soylure<Old French soilleure, equivalent to soill(ier) (see soil2) + -eure (<Latin -ātūra;see -ate1, -ure)

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How to use soilure in a sentence

  • I do not recall any soilure on Gothic garments, save spectral blood-stains and the mold of graves.

  • Must I dip again into the soilure and abomination of that awful time?

    Marie Tarnowska | Annie Vivanti
  • His body hungered morbidly for the barely sampled flesh pots of the Meade bungalow, the perilous soilure of Butler's Avenue.

    Mountain | Clement Wood
  • In another corner Sylvia spat forth the unclean blood and wiped from her lips the soilure of the kisses.

  • Night, however, was kind, and spared from view much unsightly soilure.

    An Ambitious Woman | Edgar Fawcett

British Dictionary definitions for soilure


/ (ˈsɔɪljə) /

  1. the act of soiling or the state of being soiled

  2. a stain or blot

Origin of soilure

C13: from Old French soilleure, from soillier to soil ²

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