Definition of inlay noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

BrE BrE//ˈɪnleɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnleɪ//
[countable, uncountable] a design or pattern on a surface made by setting wood or metal into it; the material that this design is made of The table was decorated with gold inlay. See related entries: Describing architecture
Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘lay something in a place in order to hide or preserve it’): from in- ‘into’ + lay (verb).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: inlay

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