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[tahyld] /taɪld/
covered or furnished with tiles.
barred to outsiders, as nonmembers of a lodge.
Origin of tiled
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see tile, -ed3
Related forms
untiled, adjective


[tahyl] /taɪl/
a thin slab or bent piece of baked clay, sometimes painted or glazed, used for various purposes, as to form one of the units of a roof covering, floor, or revetment.
any of various similar slabs or pieces, as of linoleum, stone, rubber, or metal.
tiles collectively.
a pottery tube or pipe used for draining land.
Also called hollow tile. any of various hollow or cellular units of burnt clay or other materials, as gypsum or cinder concrete, for building walls, partitions, floors, and roofs, or for fireproofing steelwork or the like.
Informal. a stiff hat or high silk hat.
verb (used with object), tiled, tiling.
to cover with or as with tiles.
before 900; Middle English; Old English tīgele (cognate with German Ziegel) < Latin tēgula
Related forms
tilelike, adjective
retile, verb (used with object), retiled, retiling. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tiled
  • Individual images have been combined into a larger mosaic and tiled for distribution.
  • It was an ornate space, with a decorated ceiling and red tiled floor.
  • Near the center of the stained concrete patio is a tiled water feature.
  • It is the usual mixture of mission-tiled roofs and palm trees, with a water fountain and a bit of protected wetland.
  • They are furnished, often tiled and were air-conditioned with electricity from soundproof generators.
  • However, multiple targets have to be tested sequentially, either individually or in small batches that are tiled together.
  • Tips include putting in tiled floors instead of carpets, or putting kitchen appliances on stilts.
  • One end of the quadrangle was formed by the ranch-house itself, one story high, with whitewashed walls and red-tiled roof.
  • The tiled floor was thick with dust, and a remarkable array of miscellaneous objects was shrouded in the same grey covering.
  • There were several houses with whitewashed walls, stone floors, and tiled or thatched roofs.
British Dictionary definitions for tiled


a flat thin slab of fired clay, rubber, linoleum, etc, usually square or rectangular and sometimes ornamental, used with others to cover a roof, floor, wall, etc related adjective tegular
a short pipe made of earthenware, concrete, or plastic, used with others to form a drain
tiles collectively
a rectangular block used as a playing piece in mah jong and other games
(Brit, old-fashioned, slang) a hat
(informal) on the tiles, on a spree, esp of drinking or debauchery
(transitive) to cover with tiles
Derived Forms
tiler, noun
Word Origin
Old English tīgele, from Latin tēgula; related to German Ziegel
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Word Origin and History for tiled



Old English tigele "roofing shingle," from West Germanic *tegala (cf. Old High German ziagal, German ziegel, Dutch tegel, Old Norse tigl), a borrowing from Latin tegula "tile" (cf. Italian tegola, French tuile), from tegere "roof, to cover" (see stegosaurus). Also used in Old English and early Middle English for "brick," before that word came into use. The verb meaning "to cover with tiles" is recorded from late 14c.

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