\ ˈlā \
plural -s

Definition of lai

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 : a medieval type of lyric poem revived in the 17th century and composed in unsymmetrical couplets each sung to its own melody
\ ˈlī \
plural Lai or Lais

Definition of Lai (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a people of the Chin Hills in Myanmar
b : a member of such people
2 : the Tibeto-Burman language of the Lai people

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History and Etymology for lai

Noun (1)

French, from Old French

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“Lai.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lai. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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