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    • [noun on-ley, awn-; verb on-ley, awn-]
    • /noun ˈɒnˌleɪ, ˈɔn-; verb ɒnˈleɪ, ɔn-/
    • /ˈɔnleɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [noun on-ley, awn-; verb on-ley, awn-]
    • /noun ˈɒnˌleɪ, ˈɔn-; verb ɒnˈleɪ, ɔn-/

Definitions of onlay word

  • noun onlay an overlay, especially one in relief. 1
  • noun onlay Dentistry. an inlay that restores the occlusal surface of a tooth. 1
  • verb with object onlay to place or mount (an onlay) on a surface, especially for decorative purposes. 1
  • noun onlay an artificial veneer which covers the entire front of the tooth 0

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Origin of onlay

First appearance:

before 1875
One of the 25% newest English words
1875-80; on + lay1, after verb phrase lay on

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onlay popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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