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lair

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noun \ˈler\

Definition of lair

  1. 1 dialectal British :  a resting or sleeping place :  bed

  2. 2a :  the resting or living place of a wild animal :  den tracked the bear back to its lairb :  a refuge or place for hiding a villain's lair

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First Known Use: before 12th century

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Examples of lair in a sentence

  1. tracking the bear back to its lair

  2. She runs the project from her private lair in the suburbs.

Origin and Etymology of lair

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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lair

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Definition of lair

  1. transitive verb
  2. chiefly Scotland :  to cause to sink in mire

  3. intransitive verb
  4. chiefly Scotland :  wallow

Origin and Etymology of lair

Scots lair mire


First Known Use: circa 1560


LAIR Defined for English Language Learners

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lair

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noun \ˈler\

Definition of lair for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

lair

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noun \ˈler\

Definition of lair for Students

  1. :  the den or resting place of a wild animal



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