lay·​over | \ ˈlā-ˌō-vər How to pronounce layover (audio) \

Definition of layover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

lay over

laid over; laying over; lays over

Definition of lay over (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a stopover

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Examples of layover in a Sentence


our flight from New York to San Francisco made a layover in Chicago


we'll have to lay over a discussion of the issue until the next meeting

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Mushers warn that any rule change, particularly new checkpoint layovers, can have unintended consequences that aren't necessarily good for their dogs. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Mushers say the Iditarod can be saved. Here’s how.," 5 Mar. 2018 Today, New Yorkers can skip the layovers and make the trip via a new nonstop flight to Singapore and a short hop across the Strait of Malacca. Barbara Peterson, WSJ, "6 Game-Changing Nonstop Flights," 1 Aug. 2018 Many of her friends, who disapproved, are still mad at her about that, said Valdez, who works as a flight attendant and spoke during a layover in the U.S. Erika doesn’t have quite the same option. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "He’s Mexican. She’s American. Deportation forced this Washington state family to make a choice.," 27 July 2018 Consider layover length, as the terminals are large and connecting gates may not be close. WSJ, "Denver International Airport: Insiders’ Tips for Flights to and From DEN," 14 Nov. 2018 If a cloture were filed on Saturday, then, the layover day would be Sunday. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Supreme Court set to begin new term with empty seat amid Kavanaugh uncertainty," 24 Sep. 2018 Here’s how to make the most of an extended layover in the country’s most dynamic and addictive city. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Flying from Chicago was easier, but still took 14 hours, including a three-hour layover in Frankfurt. Robert Wall, WSJ, "The Last 747: Airlines Dump the Jumbo Jet, Transforming International Travel," 29 Dec. 2018 Some of the deals, like those from the East Coast, are non-stop, while most flights from the West Coast have one- to two-hour layovers in airports like Miami and Newark. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Days of Deals: U.S. to Europe from $323 Round-Trip," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of layover


1873, in the meaning defined above


1838, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of layover

US : a period of time when you are not traveling in the middle of a journey

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