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

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 Prior to the pandemic, an airport layover was an ideal time to grab a meal. Erica Lamberg, USA TODAY, "Worried about airport layovers during COVID-19? Here's what you can do to stay safe," 4 Apr. 2021 All mushers will take an eight-hour layover at Skwentna before making the final 67-mile push to the Deshka Landing finish line. Anchorage Daily News, "With 100 miles to go to the Iditarod finish line, Seavey holds slim lead over Burmeister," 14 Mar. 2021 The Robinsons were bumped from their first flight during a layover in New Orleans, and ended up spending twelve hours at the New Orleans airport, which did not serve Black customers in its coffee shop or restaurant. Mia Bay, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Black Travelers Fought Discrimination While Flying in the Jim Crow Era," 23 Mar. 2021 Riders took a short layover there before making the 25-mile return trip to Big Lake. Krause and Carmichael clocked a time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 55 seconds. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "16 teams finish inaugural Scary Tree 50, a 50-mile snowmachine race for kids," 19 Mar. 2021 Becker met Australian journalist Kate Webb during a layover in Hong Kong on that fateful journey to Cambodia. Washington Post, "Three female journalists who braved the chaos of Vietnam," 12 Mar. 2021 Like every year, mushers must take three mandatory layovers that add up to 40 hours — a 24-hour layover and two eight-hour layovers. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "On the revamped Iditarod race trail, Skwentna is the new White Mountain," 23 Jan. 2021 In 2007, Kenyan health economist Edwine Barasa had a long layover at Heathrow Airport. Linda Nordling, Science | AAAS, "A Kenyan health economist investigates the pandemic's puzzling course in his country," 29 Dec. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Proposed ordinance could make it harder for Milwaukee County parks to develop bike trails," 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, "US groups are declaring March 1 a national day of mourning for Covid-19 victims," 1 Mar. 2021 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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7 Apr 2021

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“Layover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 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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