Definition of interlay in US English:



[with object]
  • Lay between or among; interpose.

    ‘strips of granite are interlaid with creamy Sardinian sard’
    • ‘The song lays out a physical funk beat, interlaying a richly harmonized chorus with Pharrell Williams' saucy rap.’
    • ‘The room was an upstairs room with a floor of beaten earth, laid on beams of wood interlaid with matting.’
    • ‘There before me was a color photograph of stacks of money interlaid with gold bars and Treasury Certificates.’


  • 1An inserted layer.

    ‘remember to use interlay under foam-backed carpets’
    1. 1.1Printing A sheet or piece of paper placed between a letterpress printing plate and its base to give increased pressure on certain areas.