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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 Later, fulfilling the standard brief of a Bond baddie, Safin will occupy an island lair and hatch plans to dominate the planet. The New Yorker, 8 Oct. 2021 Gibbs, meanwhile, is meeting with Marcie and Fornell at Samuels' lair. Sara Netzley,, 28 Sep. 2021 In the latest chapter in the Bond series, villain Lyutsifer Safin has holed up in a cavernous lair in an unknown location (filmed in the North Atlantic's Faroe Islands and at Pinewood Studios). CNN, 20 Sep. 2021 Upon finding his lair, the team invited him up for a game. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Kang’s lair is beyond the end of time, as seen in the image above. Chris Smith, BGR, 23 July 2021 Back in Portland, Rob’s quest to find his pig leads him to that unlikely fight club, run by a nasty piece of work (Darius Pierce) who has some kind of lair beneath Pioneer Courthouse Square. oregonlive, 15 July 2021 But perhaps more should be said about where the creature has made his lair: the social-science and humanities departments of academia. WSJ, 25 July 2021 Following the other Lokis back to their underground lair, Loki uses the opportunity to question his other variants, seeing if all of their destinies were supposed to end at the hands of Thanos or if there is another option. Lauren Morgan,, 7 July 2021

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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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15 Oct 2021

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“Lair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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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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