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 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.