Main definitions of onlay in English

: onlay1onlay2

onlay1

Pronunciation /ˈənleɪ/

noun

  • 1An item of cloth, paper, etc., fixed on the surface of something, especially for decorative effect; a thin piece of leather, etc., mounted on the cover of a book for ornamentation.

  • 2Dentistry
    An occlusal rest extended so as to cover the whole occlusal surface of a tooth.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. From onlay.

Main definitions of onlay in English

: onlay1onlay2

onlay2

Pronunciation /ˌɒnˈleɪ/

verb

rare
  • To lay on (literal and figurative): see to lay on.

Origin

Old English; earliest use found in Old English Martyrology. From on- + lay.