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Definition of lair

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 dialectal British : a resting or sleeping place : bed
2a : the resting or living place of a wild animal : den tracked the bear back to its lair
b : a refuge or place for hiding a villain's lair


laired; lairing; lairs

Definition of lair (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

chiefly Scotland : to cause to sink in mire

intransitive verb

chiefly Scotland : wallow

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Examples of lair in a Sentence

Noun tracking the bear back to its lair She runs the project from her private lair in the suburbs.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun James Bond found the man who stole his identity at his island lair. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘The Real James Bond’ Review: The Birder and the Spy," 2 Apr. 2020 Past the mustard velvet curtains of this fantastical lair, there is a wide range of curious gifts, including tableware by Astier de Villatte, French candles, paperbacks, and limited-edition drawings. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "Vintage Shops, Markets, and Home Goods Stores to Visit in Rome Right Now," 17 Dec. 2019 The detective tracks down The Professor (Álvaro Morte) to his command centre lair and points a gun in his face. Ariana Romero,, "How Can The Money Heist Crew Survive That Finale Disaster?," 7 Apr. 2020 Mark and Boone went all in, creating a super-computer that had flashing lights as part of their villain’s lair. oregonlive, "‘Lego Masters’: Portland-area team decides whether to use the ‘Golden Brick’ in ‘Good vs. Evil’ challenge," 26 Mar. 2020 Inside the port is one of Manila’s most notorious slums, Market Three, which has a reputation in the capital as a lair for drug dealers and hit men willing to kill someone for $100. Aurora Almendral, New York Times, "In Slum at Epicenter of Duterte’s Drug Crackdown, Fear and Love Coexist," 2 Apr. 2020 While the comic-book superhero can travel through space on a silver surfboard, Graybill turned a silver surfboard into a faerie lair. Susan Dunne,, "Wee Faerie Village transforms into superhero central, aka Supertopia!," 2 Oct. 2019 Instead, the two went to work, creating an underground lair for their villains, Pizza Costume Guy and Bear Costume Guy. oregonlive, "‘Lego Masters’: Portland-area team decides whether to use the ‘Golden Brick’ in ‘Good vs. Evil’ challenge," 26 Mar. 2020 Among the crested toad’s ideal hiding spots are crab burrows, spider lairs, and nest cavities created by small Caribbean birds called todies. National Geographic, "Puerto Rican crested toad," 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of lair


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1560, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for lair


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


Scots lair mire

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29 May 2020

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“Lair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


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Kids Definition of lair

: the den or resting place of a wild animal

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