Origin of engrainMiddle English engreinen ; from Old French engrainer, to dye scarlet ; from en- (see en-) + graine, seed, cochineal dye; associated, association in both French and amp; eastern; English with grain (texture): see grain
transitive verben·grained, en·grain·ing, en·grains
Origin of engrainMiddle English engreinen, to dye with cochineal or kermes, from Old French engrainer : en-, causative pref.; see en–1 + graine, grain; see grain.
(third-person singular simple present engrains, present participle engraining, simple past and past participle engrained)
- Alternative spelling of ingrain.