lay·​out | \ ˈlā-ˌau̇t How to pronounce layout (audio) \

Definition of layout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the plan or design or arrangement of something laid out: such as
b : final arrangement of matter to be reproduced especially by printing
2 : the act or process of planning or laying out in detail
3a : something that is laid out a model train layout
b : land or structures or rooms used for a particular purpose a cattle-ranching layout also : place
c : a set or outfit especially of tools

lay out

laid out; laying out; lays out

Definition of lay out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

2 : spend
3a : to prepare (a corpse) for viewing
b : to knock flat or unconscious
4 : to plan in detail lay out a campaign
6 : to mark (work) for drilling, machining, or filing

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Examples of layout in a Sentence


The layout of the apartment was good, but the kitchen was too small. She designed the page layout for the new magazine.


he laid out big bucks for a new lawnmower that runs by itself the transatlantic balloonists laid out a backup plan in case of an emergency
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Harding Park will host the PGA Championship next May, the first major in the course’s long history and the second consecutive year the PGA will be held on a public layout (Brooks Koepka won this year at Bethpage Park in New York). Ron Kroichick,, "Stephen Curry’s passion for golf takes fresh twist — promoting the game," 16 Sep. 2019 The layout resembles a kind of poetry and suggests that words — and playing with them and their emotional rhythms — matter greatly to the author. Barbara Ellis, The Know, "Review: Curious Theatre’s “Pass Over” puts violence against young black men at center stage," 14 Sep. 2019 Each game features its own unique box art, including a short description of the title and a layout that makes sense for browsing. Brittany Vincent, Popular Mechanics, "Sega Genesis Mini Review: The Genesis of Excellent Miniature Consoles," 12 Sep. 2019 Indeed, the owner spearheaded the four-year renovation, transforming the home’s sprawling layout into a more manageable one. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Dramatic Hearst Family Estate in New York’s Hudson Valley," 10 Sep. 2019 Located in the west Houston neighborhood Rivercrest, the 11,384-square-foot home was recently remodeled and now boasts a brighter and more modern layout. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Rivercrest mansion tied to former Houston Rockets player undergoes striking transformation," 9 Sep. 2019 Atlas Obscura’s Imbler explains that Lockley, De Vynck, Helm and Hayley Cawthra of Nelson Mandela University identified the fossils as sea turtle tracks on the basis of their distinctive patterns, coastal deposit setting and parallel layout. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Baby Sea Turtles’ Fossilized Tracks Found in South Africa," 6 Sep. 2019 The short course consisted of three laps and two beach runs, while the long course layout was five laps and four beach runs. Emmett Hall,, "Sunshine Standup Paddle Series crowns champions," 5 Sep. 2019 The layout on the right side of the house perfectly illustrates enfilade. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Floor plan improvements and stylish furnishings transform a Brookline home," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of layout


1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of layout was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of layout

: the design or arrangement of something : the way something is laid out


lay·​out | \ ˈlā-ˌau̇t How to pronounce layout (audio) \

Kids Definition of layout

: the design or arrangement of something the layout of the park

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