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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Related Articles Lyn and Ross Thorpe had different plans, getting on a plane and first flying to L.A. and then Chicago after a four and a half-hour layover. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins fall, but Lewis Thorpe solid in rain-shortened debut," 30 June 2019 After a winding 22-hour journey that featured extended layovers, a 2,100-mile flight and a 500-mile bus ride, the Fever arrived in Indianapolis just 23 hours ahead of their game. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Fever overcome 22-point deficit before losing late to Lynx," 26 June 2019 Americans don't need visas to enter 116 countries – including 26 in Europe – for short-term tourism, business or layovers on the way to a non-treaty country. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Papers, please! Don't let travel document problems ground your next vacation," 7 June 2019 Most hikers take two days for the descent, two for the climb back out, and one as a layover. Robert Earle Howells, National Geographic, "Discover the Grand Canyon's less-trafficked trails," 12 June 2019 For instance, someone flying from New York to San Francisco could book a cheaper trip from New York to Lake Tahoe with a layover in San Francisco and get off there, without bothering to take the last leg of the flight. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Lufthansa Is Suing a Man For Missing a Connecting Flight," 12 Feb. 2019 Traveling from Los Angeles back to hometown Buffalo, New York, and facing time zone changes and a looming deadline, Nwora and his family huddled during a layover in Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "How Jordan Nwora made the decision to choose Louisville basketball over the NBA," 4 June 2019 Hottot said Kazazi was well aware of those requirements and planned file his disclosure form during his four-hour layover in Newark. Christopher Ingraham,, "Customs agents took $58,000 from Ohio man at airport. He's suing to get it back.," 31 May 2018 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

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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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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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