1. set into the surface of something: an inlaid design on a chest.
  2. decorated or made with a design set into the surface: an inlaid table.

verb (used with object), in·laid, in·lay·ing.

  1. to decorate (an object) with layers of fine materials set in its surface: to inlay a chest with lighter wood.
  2. to insert or apply (layers of fine materials) in the surface of an object: to inlay marble in a tabletop.
  3. Horticulture. to place (a fitted scion) into a prepared stock, as in a method of grafting.


  1. inlaid work.
  2. a layer of fine material inserted in something else, especially for ornament.
  3. a design or decoration made by inlaying.
  4. Dentistry. a filling of metal, porcelain, or the like, that is first shaped to fit a cavity and then cemented into it.
  5. Horticulture. inlay graft.
  6. the act or process of inlaying.


  1. set in the surface, as a design in wood
  2. having such a design or inlayan inlaid table

verb (ɪnˈleɪ) -lays, -laying or -laid (tr)

  1. to decorate (an article, esp of furniture, or a surface) by inserting pieces of wood, ivory, etc, into prepared slots in the surface

noun (ˈɪnˌleɪ)

  1. dentistry a filling, made of gold, porcelain, etc, inserted into a cavity and held in position by cement
  2. decoration made by inlaying
  3. an inlaid article, surface, etc

1590s, from in + laid, past participle of lay (v.).

1590s (v.), 1650s (n.), from in + lay. Related: Inlaid.


  1. A solid filling, as of gold or porcelain, fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place.
  2. A graft of bone, skin, or other tissue.
  3. An orthomechanical device inserted into a shoe.

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