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lair

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noun \ˈler\

Simple Definition of lair

  • : the place where a wild animal sleeps

  • : a place where someone hides or where someone goes to be alone and to feel safe or comfortable

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lair

  1. 1 dial British :  a resting or sleeping place :  bed

  2. 2 a :  the resting or living place of a wild animal :  den b :  a refuge or place for hiding

Examples of lair in a sentence

  1. tracking the bear back to its lair

  2. She runs the project from her private lair in the suburbs.



Origin of lair

Middle English, from Old English leger; akin to Old High German legar bed, Old English licgan to lie — more at lie


First Known Use: before 12th century


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lair

verb

Definition of lair

chiefly Scottish

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to sink in mire

  3. intransitive verb
  4. chiefly Scottish :  wallow



Origin of lair

Scots lair mire


First Known Use: circa 1560


LAIR Defined for Kids

lair

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noun \ˈler\

Definition of lair for Students

  1. :  the den or resting place of a wild animal





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