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

Noun The layout of the apartment was good, but the kitchen was too small. She designed the page layout for the new magazine. Verb 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 In the meantime, drivers can enjoy a new layout and annoy their neighbors with weird sounds coming out of their Teslas. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Tesla Holiday Update Has Farting Horn, Revised Screen Layout," 27 Dec. 2020 There’s also plenty of info online about how to outfit one with a layout blind. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, "How to Hunt Ducks in a Winter Storm and Live to Tell About It," 24 Dec. 2020 Caitlin Laskey, a preservation specialist and designer with a keen eye for spacial awareness, knows how to create a layout that makes every room in the house work just a little harder. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "How to Create the Perfect Furniture Layout," 17 Dec. 2020 The sensor is easily mounted to any vertical surface outside your home, feeding a brilliant layout that ads a techy touch to any interior. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Reasons You Need a Personal Weather Station," 4 Dec. 2020 Each of these iconic traits is combined with Disney's classic sans-serif font in a modernized collage-like layout that's the hallmark of streetwear graphic design. Emily Ruane,, "Heidi Klum Launched Disney Villains’ Merch On Amazon — & It’s A Mood," 3 Dec. 2020 The city would hire an architectural and planning consulting firm to design a layout for the building, Olson said. Linda Girardi,, "Yorkville may move City Hall to building on northeast side of city," 30 Oct. 2020 This standout Craftsman-style home offers rustic curb appeal and a modern layout. Star Tribune, "Home plan: Craftsman details with modern layout," 30 Oct. 2020 Scholars consider cite the Martin House as a prime example of Wright’s prairie house style—a building characterized by broad, flat structures, and a free-flowing interior layout. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "How Frank Lloyd Wright designed a distraction-free home office," 24 Oct. 2020

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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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12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Layout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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