hay·​loft ˈhā-ˌlȯft How to pronounce hayloft (audio)
: a loft especially for storing hay

Examples of hayloft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Courtesy image Outside are pastures, gardens, a saltwater pool, patios, a firepit, and a horse barn with stalls, haylofts, and storage for cars and equipment. The Week Staff, The Week, 23 Apr. 2023 Hemingway wrote in what had been the hayloft. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 4 Apr. 2021 In the hayloft, however, that’s not the case. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 6 Jan. 2023 The crimes, once dismissed as figments of female imagination or attributed to demons, have finally resulted in arrests, and with only 24 hours to spare while the men are away posting bail, 11 women gather in a hayloft to debate and determine nothing less than their collective futures. Lisa Wong MacAbasco, Vogue, 21 Dec. 2022 Like the novel, much of Polley’s adaptation unfolds in the hayloft, as actors including Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley and Judith Ivey play Mennonite women debating and discussing their options, and Ben Whishaw plays a colony man taking the minutes of the meeting. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Dec. 2022 The film’s title is said to be an apt description of the film, the bulk of which takes place in a hayloft as the women discuss the limited options that are before them: forgive and forget the menfolk’s crimes, leave the community forever and forsake eternal salvation, or stay and fight. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2022 Over the course of two days up there in the hayloft, all eight of these women have their say on the subject, including two girls, Autje (Kate Hallett) and Neitje (Liv McNeil), who swing from the rafters and tie their braids together while the grownups debate. Peter Debruge, Variety, 3 Sep. 2022 The movie takes place mostly in the cramped setting of a hayloft where the women meet and talk, and talk. Alisson Wood, ELLE, 27 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hayloft was in 1530

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“Hayloft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hayloft. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


hay·​loft -ˌlȯft How to pronounce hayloft (audio)
: the upper part of a barn where hay is stored

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