lay·​out | \ ˈlā-ˌau̇t How to pronounce layout (audio) \

Definition of layout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the plan or design or arrangement of something laid out: such as
b : final arrangement of matter to be reproduced especially by printing
2 : the act or process of planning or laying out in detail
3a : something that is laid out a model train layout
b : land or structures or rooms used for a particular purpose a cattle-ranching layout also : place
c : a set or outfit especially of tools

lay out

laid out; laying out; lays out

Definition of lay out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

2 : spend
3a : to prepare (a corpse) for viewing
b : to knock flat or unconscious
4 : to plan in detail lay out a campaign
6 : to mark (work) for drilling, machining, or filing

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of layout in a Sentence


The layout of the apartment was good, but the kitchen was too small. She designed the page layout for the new magazine.


he laid out big bucks for a new lawnmower that runs by itself the transatlantic balloonists laid out a backup plan in case of an emergency
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the old layout, the giant cats looked out onto the giraffe exhibit. Talia Richman,, "'Look how close he is!' Maryland Zoo celebrates opening of revamped African Journey exhibits," 22 June 2019 The track becomes even more technical this year with the return of the Carousel to the NASCAR layout for the first time in 22 years. Tom Fitzgerald,, "Denny Hamlin doubts Sonoma winner will be a surprise," 21 June 2019 Dan's expertise was immediately apparent and meticulously thoughtful, with an intelligent layout that gave the room a new life, and a new purpose. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Meet Dan Vickery, The Winner of Bravo's Best Room Wins Episode Seven," 13 June 2019 There's an unusual layout on the first floor of this Westfield home. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: A $1.3M transitional-style home in Westfield with nearly panoramic golf course view," 7 June 2019 The main house has an open-plan layout and includes a library, a wine... Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Napa Valley’s Priciest Property: A $22.5 Million Compound," 28 Mar. 2019 An open layout includes a formal living room that opens to the dining room via sliding white partition doors. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Light-filled midcentury home in Houston asks $890K," 4 Oct. 2018 He and Orr learned early that the traditional practice of dumping freshly boiled crawfish on a table before the guests and letting them all dig in didn’t lend itself well to the Maple Tree Inn layout, so the food is set up buffet style. Paige Fumo Fox, Daily Southtown, "Get ready to 'grip, twist, peel and slurp' during Maple Tree Inn's 18th annual Crawfish Fest," 17 May 2018 But this week’s shooting at San Bruno’s largest employer could cause some businesses to reconsider an open layout over security concerns. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Future YouTube office park envisioned as more open to the public," 5 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'layout.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of layout


1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about layout

Statistics for layout

Last Updated

7 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for layout

The first known use of layout was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for layout



English Language Learners Definition of layout

: the design or arrangement of something : the way something is laid out


lay·​out | \ ˈlā-ˌau̇t How to pronounce layout (audio) \

Kids Definition of layout

: the design or arrangement of something the layout of the park

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on layout

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with layout

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for layout

Spanish Central: Translation of layout

Nglish: Translation of layout for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of layout for Arabic Speakers

Comments on layout

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


appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Add Diction

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!