lair

noun
\ ˈler How to pronounce lair (audio) \

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

lair

verb
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 Has the creature from Jekyll Island retreated to its lair? Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "Why QAnon will outlive Trump," 20 Oct. 2020 Usually, attendees journey through four stories of the 19th century property before reaching its basement lair. Michele Herrmann, Smithsonian Magazine, "From Wider Corn Mazes to Virtual Haunted Houses, Halloween Looks Different This Year," 9 Oct. 2020 The lair will be available for just three individual, one-night stays on October 18, 21 and 24. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Spend a night as the "mayor" of Hell, just in time for Halloween," 30 Sep. 2020 Some said the structure resembled the lair of a Hollywood supervillain—or a Death Star from another galaxy. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Apple’s ‘most ambitious’ new store is a departure from its signature design," 8 Sep. 2020 Last year, Devine and a team of marine biologists deployed a CATS camera tag on a massive tiger shark that yielded a surprising scientific discovery; a secret tiger shark lair. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Shark Week 2020 (8/12/20) live stream: How to watch Adam Devine find shark lair online, TV info," 12 Aug. 2020 Her campmates took shifts, acting as standby gods in the lair when the chair sat empty. Leora Smith, Longreads, "The God Phone," 10 Aug. 2020 Last year, Adam Devine and a team of marine biologists discovered a secret tiger shark lair, which may be the largest congregation of tiger sharks on the planet. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Everything you need to know about Shark Week 2020," 9 Aug. 2020 Last year, Adam Devine and a team of marine biologists deployed a CATS camera tag on a massive tiger shark that yielded a surprising scientific discovery; a secret tiger shark lair. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Shark Week 2020: When is it? What celebrities will take part? What’s the schedule?," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of lair

Noun

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

Verb

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for lair

Noun

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

Verb

Scots lair mire

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The first known use of lair was before the 12th century

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26 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lair. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for lair

lair

noun
How to pronounce lair (audio)

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

lair

noun
\ ˈler How to pronounce lair (audio) \

Kids Definition of lair

: the den or resting place of a wild animal

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