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

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Examples of layout in a Sentence

Noun The layout of the apartment was good, but the kitchen was too small. She designed the page layout for the new magazine. Verb 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ma, the Japanese concept of the space left between things, can be seen in historic screens, scrolls, and even the layout of Shinto shrines. Eve Sneider, The New York Review of Books, "Days in the Life of Tetsuya Noda," 4 July 2020 According to the attraction's website, health precautions include temperature checks for employees, hand-sanitizer stations, event layout designed for physical distancing and no-contact admission. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "Big events like fairs, festivals are coming back. But they need health department approval," 3 July 2020 Wetumpka is one of those small towns with a quirky layout. Mary Colurso |, al, "This Alabama city will get a full-scale makeover from HGTV," 2 July 2020 Researchers say the scans helped piece together the city’s water system layout and revealed evidence of a religious processional route that probably never would have been uncovered by excavation alone. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Legal protections for LGBTQ employees, and more," 26 June 2020 Perhaps our cars were protecting us, or maybe the sprawling layout of our city created social distancing by default. Ricardo Nuila, The New Yorker, "The Coronavirus Surge That Texas Could Have Seen Coming," 26 June 2020 Designed with a contemporary open layout, this four-bedroom home was built in 2014. TheWeek, "6 beautiful homes in Fort Lauderdale," 20 June 2020 Danish designer Jakob Wagoner is responsible for the sleek layout of these swanky headphones, which pair great noise cancellation and deep bass output with a leather and aluminum frame. Popular Science, "Over-the-ear headphones to immerse you in high-quality sound," 19 June 2020 State guidelines suggest staggering the audience in every other row, with two to four seats between parties, Santos says, but the exact layout of the rooms and the number of tickets to be sold is still being decided. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "TITAS unveils shorter, all-American season for the fall amid uncertainty of pandemic," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of layout


1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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10 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Layout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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

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