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

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 Taking you through McCaysville and Copperhill, Tennessee, passengers can enjoy a two-hour layover and explore a bit before coming back to town. Ebony Williams, ajc, 23 Sep. 2022 Alaska offers the same fare, but there’s an eight-hour layover in Seattle. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Sep. 2022 Google Flights data showed that those who are willing to take a layover could save about 20% in fares. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2022 Serendipitously, flights often included a layover in Paris. CNN, 15 Sep. 2022 When searching for flights, use an online tool such as Google Flights or Skyscanner to look for flight options, to find the cheapest fare, and also discover dates that avoid a layover. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 10 Sep. 2022 Coincidentally, Spitz’s flight back from South America included a layover in Miami, and the Hoosiers were training nearby in Fort Lauderdale. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Sep. 2022 The White Lotus, and producer Andrew Form’s initial chance encounter was thanks to a layover. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 30 June 2022 The carrier now restricts Sky Club access to those on layover or travelers with flights within three hours of their departure. Dan Carson, Chron, 29 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb True to the Superleggera legacy, the curvy exterior is composed of thin-gauge aluminum panels that lay over a steel tube structure. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 17 Mar. 2022 Then this braid will lay over this part, and this braid is kind of laying over on the side of this braid. Ashley Abramson, Allure, 11 Aug. 2021 The total order was for 14 flags, Brewer added, including 12 to lay over coffins for a burial scene., 27 Apr. 2021 After nearly two hours of comments, including three people speaking in favor of the ordinance and 11 against, supervisors voted to lay over the ordinance until April, giving them time to visit the trails. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Apr. 2021 The Floral Heart Project, another participating group, will lay over 100 floral hearts created by volunteers across the US. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 1 Mar. 2021 Divide up the cheese slices and lay over the apples. Star Tribune, 16 Oct. 2020 My arms itched, my scalp itched, and malaise lay over me like a mist. Seija Rankin,, 7 Oct. 2020 Nine-year-old Morgan Anderson was stranded at Denver International Airport with her family during an interminable lay over Friday afternoon on their way to North Dakota. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, 7 Feb. 2020 See More

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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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4 Oct 2022

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“Layover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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