- to divide into thin layers
- to beat into foil
- to decorate with leaflike layers or ornamentation
- to number the leaves of (a book or manuscript)
Origin of foliate; from Classical Latin foliatus, leafy ; from folium, a leaf ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhel-, an unverified form bhl?-, to swell, blossom from source blade, bloom
- to separate into layers
- to send out leaves
- having or covered with leaves
- like a leaf or leaves
- Of or relating to leaves.
- Shaped like a leaf.
- also fo·li·at·ed Geology Exhibiting foliation.
verbfo·li·at·ed, fo·li·at·ing, fo·li·ates
- To hammer or cut (metal) into thin leaf or foil.
- a. To coat (glass, for example) with metal foil.b. To furnish or adorn with metal foil.
- To separate into thin layers or laminae.
- To decorate with foliage or foils: an arch that is foliated in the Gothic style.
- To number the leaves of (a manuscript, for example).
- To produce foliage.
- To split into thin leaflike layers or folia.
Origin of foliateLatin foliatus, bearing foliage, from folium, leaf; see folium.
Having a specified kind or number of leaves: trifoliate.
Origin of -foliateFrom foliate.
(comparative more foliate, superlative most foliate)