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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


tracking the bear back to its lair She runs the project from her private lair in the suburbs.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In three straight innings, once upon a time, from his lair in right field, Al Kaline nailed a Chicago White Sox runner trying for an extra base. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, "65 years ago today, Al Kaline did something amazing for the Detroit Tigers," 7 July 2019 Here, Walt leaves with a bag of cash after igniting an explosion at the lair of Tuco, a midlevel meth dealer. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul spark 'Breaking Bad' reunion buzz," 26 June 2019 Of course, no L.A. cat would dare leave her lair without a little bling, so Karen bedazzles the frames. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Meet Sunglass Cat, an Instagram star with an eye-opening message of acceptance," 11 June 2019 How much does a subterranean lair add to the value of an estate? Adam Bonislawski, WSJ, "Luxury Lairs Where Superheroes Feel at Home," 20 June 2018 In this lair of Leonardo, however, the most arresting piece is the last, unfinished Pieta by Michelangelo. Michael J. Bailey,, "In Milan, a low-tech saunter through a mecca of high fashion," 18 June 2019 Hear riveting sagas of Icelandic heroes, and see the icy lair of a legendary giant. National Geographic, "Iceland Middle School Expedition," 12 June 2019 Horrifying enough, the book indicates that Beverly's tea cup is actually full of excrement — which is, of course, appropriate given that Pennywise's lair lies in town's sewage system underground. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The 'It Chapter 2' Trailer Has So Many Hidden Easter Eggs," 10 May 2019 This tweak to the game seemed nigh-essential when a giant, underground lair appeared beneath the players' feet. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Minecraft Earth gets first live demo, coming to iOS “this summer”," 3 June 2019

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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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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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