1. shaped like a leaf or leaves: foliated ornaments.
  2. Also foliate. Petrology, Mineralogy. consisting of thin and separable laminae.
  3. Architecture. foliate(def 3).


  1. covered with or having leaves.
  2. like a leaf, as in shape.
  3. Also foliated. Architecture.
    1. ornamented with or composed of foil: foliate tracery.
    2. ornamented with representations of foliage: a foliate capital.
  4. Petrology, Mineralogy. foliated(def 2).

verb (used without object), fo·li·at·ed, fo·li·at·ing.

  1. to put forth leaves.
  2. to split into thin leaflike layers or laminae.

verb (used with object), fo·li·at·ed, fo·li·at·ing.

  1. to shape like a leaf or leaves.
  2. to decorate with foils or foliage.
  3. to form into thin sheets.
  4. to spread over with a thin metallic backing.
  5. Printing. to number the folios or leaves, as distinguished from pages, of (a manuscript or book).


  1. architect ornamented with or made up of foliage or foils
  2. (of rocks and minerals, esp schists) composed of thin easily separable layers
  3. (esp of parts of animals or plants) resembling a leaf

adjective (ˈfəʊlɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)

    1. relating to, possessing, or resembling leaves
    2. in combinationtrifoliate
  1. (of certain metamorphic rocks, esp schists) having the constituent minerals arranged in thin leaflike layers

verb (ˈfəʊlɪˌeɪt)

  1. (tr) to ornament with foliage or with leaf forms such as foils
  2. to hammer or cut (metal) into thin plates or foil
  3. (tr) to coat or back (glass, etc) with metal foil
  4. (tr) to number the leaves of (a book, manuscript, etc)Compare paginate
  5. (intr) (of plants) to grow leaves

1620s, from Latin foliatus “leaved, leafy,” from folium (see folio).


1660s, “to apply silver leaf,” from Latin foliatus “leaved, leafy,” from folium (see folio). Meaning “to put forth leaves” is from 1775. Related: Foliated; foliating.

  1. The set of layers visible in many metamorphic rocks as a result of the flattening and stretching of mineral grains during metamorphism.

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