Definition of foliate in English:



  • Decorated with leaves or leaflike motifs.

    ‘foliate scrolls’
    • ‘Many interpretations of the meaning and origin of the Green Man have been offered since Lady Raglan first applied the term to the human foliate head.’
    • ‘The fluted stiles are embellished with carved foliate scrolls.’
    • ‘The lower tier of the fountain had intertwined dolphin supports and was raised on a finely cast foliate stem.’
    • ‘Again, the foliate, grooved teeth do not meet diplodocomorph specs.’
    • ‘Apart from foliate designs, Renaissance patterns diffused relatively slowly through northern Europe and Spain.’
    • ‘At Osterley what are central fruiting grapevines in the carpet are foliate swags in the drawing.’
    • ‘Set against white plaster walls, the bases and ornate foliate capitals of the columns were gilded, and their shafts were painted a ‘straw’ color.’
    • ‘Somasteroids typically are foliate with ventral series of so-called virgals extending from ambulacrals to marginals.’
    • ‘A foliate tricephalic form can be seen at Llandaff Cathedral.’
    • ‘Most of Romsey's foliate heads are closer to animal than to human form: this one is very cat-like, and is the source of copious vegetation.’
    • ‘Each portrait is encircled with a foliate wreath and surrounded by classical rinceaux against a Byzantine style gold background.’
    • ‘Calculated tangles of foliate and linear patterns hug the edges of several of the paintings, thinning out toward the center.’


  • 1Decorate with leaves or leaflike motifs.

    ‘the dome is to be foliated’
    • ‘The courtyard was foliated with multiple kinds of bushes and trees.’
    • ‘The Santan Mountains study site is also primarily composed of granodiorite, but the boulders are not as extensive or foliated as in the South Mountains.’
  • 2Number the leaves of (a book) rather than the pages.

    • ‘The book was foliated in pencil below the text in the lower right-hand corner.’
    • ‘The newly discovered manuscript had in fact been foliated and the figures are omitted from the plates.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin foliatus leaved from folium leaf.