lay·​away | \ ˈlā-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce layaway (audio) \

Definition of layaway

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a purchasing agreement by which a retailer agrees to hold merchandise secured by a deposit until the price is paid in full by the customer

lay away

laid away; laying away; lays away

Definition of lay away (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put aside for future use or delivery

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Examples of layaway in a Sentence

Noun We bought the table and chairs on layaway, so we won't have them until December. The store offers a layaway plan for large purchases. Verb the weather forecast warned of a severe storm, so we laid away a generous supply of bottled water and canned food just in case
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For the first time, festival producer Insomniac is giving attendees the option of a zero-deposit layaway plan for all ticket types. Patrick Connolly,, "EDC Orlando tickets go on sale Thursday," 31 Mar. 2021 Maroo offering to help couples finance their weddings with layaway-like payment plans. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "A New Netflix show asks the question couples everywhere face: Buy a wedding or a house?," 10 Mar. 2021 Perry has come to the rescue for everyday people, offering to pay for the homes of those in need and layaway for low-income families. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "In new interview, Harry and Meghan reveal how Tyler Perry saved the day — twice," 8 Mar. 2021 Cedric Towns, Roebuck store manager, said Benson contacted the store today and paid off outstanding layaway balances. William Thornton |, al, "New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson pays off Walmart layaway for Birmingham families," 16 Dec. 2020 As many as 40 Birmingham families are having a more festive holiday season after New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson paid off layaway orders at Walmart on Parkway East in Roebuck. William Thornton |, al, "New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson pays off Walmart layaway for Birmingham families," 16 Dec. 2020 Templeton said the donor first approached him on Friday about the idea of wanting to pay off every single layaway item in the store. Daniella Genovese, Fox News, "Good Samaritan brings tears to Walmart customers after paying off $65K in layaway items," 12 Dec. 2020 Knowing the Switch is hard to find, Krallman offered to let someone take over the layaway. Nisa Khan, Detroit Free Press, "Strangers in Downriver Facebook group pay off mom's Nintendo Switch layaway," 29 Nov. 2020 The entertainment mogul wiped out Walmart layaway balances of 1,500 holiday shoppers in the greater Atlanta area in 2018. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "Tis’ The Season! Tyler Perry’s Thanksgiving Giveaway Feeds 5,000 Atlanta Families," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of layaway


1944, in the meaning defined above


circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of layaway was circa 1928

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9 Apr 2021

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“Layaway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of layaway

US : a way of buying something in which you do not receive the thing you are buying until you have paid the full price by making small payments over a period of time

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