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

Noun our flight from New York to San Francisco made a layover in Chicago Verb we'll have to lay over a discussion of the issue until the next meeting
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Occasional Air Force layovers at a Trump hotel in Scotland, which were started under Obama, are a pathetic excuse for an exposé. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Politico Doubles Down on Fake Turnberry Scandal," 13 Sep. 2019 On the cheapest flights, Alaska Air mandates a three- to four-hour layover in Seattle. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Here are some cheap tickets from Alaska to Seattle, LA, Paris and beyond," 13 July 2019 But an examination of military layovers at Turnberry, including a two-day stay by a reporter at the resort, reveals a more complicated picture. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Inside the Military’s 5-Star Layovers at a Trump Resort in Scotland," 12 Sep. 2019 For instance, a person in Savannah, Georgia, who wants to go to London could choose to change planes in Atlanta – or take a self-driving car to the Atlanta airport, and skip the layover. Scott Winter, The Conversation, "Driverless cars are going to disrupt the airline industry," 10 June 2019 In November 2013, Nayeri was detained during a layover in the Czech Republic and was later arrested by waiting FBI agents. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Hossein Nayeri convicted in kidnapping of pair and torture of Newport Beach marijuana dispensary owner," 16 Aug. 2019 Second, it was filled with travelers from Israel, many of whom, Eleff speculated, keep kosher and might get hungry if their unplanned layover in Cleveland dragged on into the night. Susan Glaser,, "After flight from Israel diverted to Cleveland Hopkins, this Clevelander made sure no passengers went hungry," 2 Aug. 2019 On a recent trip home to Wyoming, Senator John Barrasso received a message from the White House during his layover in Denver: The president is free. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "For Trump, Staying on the Line Helps Keep the G.O.P. in Line," 27 July 2019 The practical and versatile must-have will make a seamless transition from desk duties to airport layovers. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Work Bag That’s Perfect for Every Type of Job," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of layover was in 1838

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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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