Definition of foliate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfōlēət/
Pronunciation: /ˈfōlēāt/
Decorated with leaves or leaflike motifs: foliate scrolls
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  • The fluted stiles are embellished with carved foliate scrolls.
  • The lower tier of the fountain had intertwined dolphin supports and was raised on a finely cast foliate stem.
  • Many interpretations of the meaning and origin of the Green Man have been offered since Lady Raglan first applied the term to the human foliate head.


Pronunciation: /ˈfōlēˌāt/
[with object]
1Decorate with leaves or leaflike motifs: the dome is to be foliated
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  • The Santan Mountains study site is also primarily composed of granodiorite, but the boulders are not as extensive or foliated as in the South Mountains.
  • The courtyard was foliated with multiple kinds of bushes and trees.
2Number the leaves of (a book) rather than the pages.
Example sentences
  • The book was foliated in pencil below the text in the lower right-hand corner.
  • The newly discovered manuscript had in fact been foliated and the figures are omitted from the plates.


Mid 17th century: from Latin foliatus 'leaved', from folium 'leaf'.

Words that rhyme with foliate

exfoliate trifoliate

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Syllabification: fo·li·ate

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