lai

noun \ˈlā\

Definition of lai

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a medieval type of short tale in French literature that is usually in octosyllabic verse and deals with subjects of Celtic origin often connected with Arthur or the Round Table

  2. 2 :  a medieval type of lyric poem revived in the 17th century and composed in unsymmetrical couplets each sung to its own melody

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Origin and Etymology of lai

French, from Old French — more at lay


Lai

noun \ˈlī\

Definition of Lai

plural

Lai

or

Lais

  1. 1a :  a people of the Chin Hills in Myanmar b :  a member of such people

  2. 2 :  the Tibeto-Burman language of the Lai people

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