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

Definition of layover

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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 See more about the free layover stay, the airline’s new travel insurance, as well as its new health and safety rules here. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Emirates Encouraging Longer Layovers With Free Overnight Stays in Dubai," 25 Nov. 2020 Still, opt for non-stop routes or flights with shorter layover times to avoid spending time in airports. Heather Greenwood Davis, National Geographic, "10 ways families can minimize holiday travel risk," 23 Nov. 2020 At the urging of public health experts, Australian agencies this month imposed strict quarantines in hotels monitored by police after a dozen Chilean crew members were caught partying during a layover in Sydney — and made headlines. Washington Post, "Taiwan snaps world’s longest covid-free streak after pilot infects local resident," 22 Dec. 2020 Nathan Daniel Larson, 40, was arrested last week in Denver during a flight layover from Fresno, California, according to the Fresno County Sheriff's Department. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Former Virginia congressional candidate arrested for 'extremely disturbing' plan to kidnap 12-year-old girl, police say," 21 Dec. 2020 Police got wind and were able to arrest Larson on a layover in Denver and to rescue the girl. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "California authorities rescue girl, 12, from pedophile who ran for Congress," 20 Dec. 2020 Then in 2012, during a two-month layover before a new tour, Davis decided to scrap it all and focus on something that was pulling at his heart. Cathy Free, Washington Post, "The rapper turned cat man who is busting stereotypes with his love for felines," 7 Dec. 2020 Though the Cardinals have joined the Atlantic Coast Conference and gained the validation of Lamar Jackson’s Heisman Trophy since Jurich’s statement, U of L football continues to be seen more often as a layover than a final destination. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's Scott Satterfield took an avoidable risk by talking to South Carolina," 5 Dec. 2020 After a lengthy layover in Madison, Arizona State hockey returns to the ice Saturday to begin the second half of its season-opening, eight-game road trip. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "ASU hockey resumes play after waiting for a week in Wisconsin," 27 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Divide up the cheese slices and lay over the apples. Star Tribune, "Sunday Supper: Apple and Mustard Grilled Cheese Sandwiches," 16 Oct. 2020 My arms itched, my scalp itched, and malaise lay over me like a mist. Seija Rankin,, "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote her first piece of fiction since Americanah — read an excerpt," 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, "More than 750 DIA flights delayed or canceled during snowstorm," 7 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of layover was in 1838

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25 Jan 2021

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“Layover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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