noun (1)
la·​ver | \ ˈlā-vər How to pronounce laver (audio) \

Definition of laver

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a large basin used for ceremonial ablutions in the ancient Jewish Tabernacle and Temple worship


noun (2)
la·​ver | \ ˈlā-vər How to pronounce laver (audio) , ˈlä- How to pronounce laver (audio) \

Definition of laver (Entry 2 of 3)

: any of several common red algae (genus Porphyra) with fronds used especially for stewing or pickling — compare nori


biographical name
La·​ver | \ ˈlā-vər How to pronounce Laver (audio) \

Definition of Laver (Entry 3 of 3)

Rod(ney George) 1938–     Australian tennis player

First Known Use of laver

Noun (1)

1535, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for laver

Noun (1)

Middle English lavour, from Anglo-French lavour, lavere, from Medieval Latin lavatorium

Noun (2)

New Latin, from Latin, a water plant

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about laver

Time Traveler for laver

Time Traveler

The first known use of laver was in 1535

See more words from the same year

Statistics for laver

Cite this Entry

“Laver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on laver Encyclopedia article about laver

Comments on laver

What made you want to look up laver? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Here Be Dragons: A Creature Identification Quiz

  • monster werewolf photo
  • Which is a synonym of werewolf?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!