lay·​out | \ˈlā-ˌau̇t \

Definition of layout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the plan or design or arrangement of something laid out: such as

a : dummy sense 5b

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


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

The whole space has an open, flowing layout, to encourage seamless wandering. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A First Look at the Faena Bazaar, Miami Beach’s New Design Destination," 3 Dec. 2018 While many pages opt to keep standard layouts, others experiment with color schemes, fonts, specialized backgrounds, and themes. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The game store that outshines Steam by staying small and weird," 29 Nov. 2018 Club members built an extensive layout, which spans two connected rooms, to run their trains. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Model railroad club still operates in a historic train station hiding in plain sight in the Harbor District," 13 July 2018 Measured on a scale from zero to 100, both categories scored restaurants on food accuracy; waitstaff behavior; food quality; beverage quality; restaurant cleanliness and layout; food variety; beverage variety; and website satisfaction. Dixita Limbachia, USA TODAY, "This fast-food chain has diners clucking in new quality survey," 5 July 2018 Steven and Wendy chose every detail of their home: layout, flooring, cabinetry, counters, appliances and more. Michelle Beaver, azcentral, "Couple embraces Main Street living in custom downtown Scottsdale condo," 5 July 2018 Cindy Rivera, director of Circle of Services at the Hammond office, talks to the scouts about garden care, including layout, watering and weeding. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "North Township gardens come to life," 2 July 2018 The group uses the same general layout: a big stage on one side, a small one on the other, and a long strip connecting the two. Kenneth Partridge, Billboard, "U2 Brings Experience + Innocence to New York's Madison Square Garden," 26 June 2018 This 27-hole layout rests on the shores of Little Traverse Bay with abundant views of the azure waters. Detroit Free Press, "Ranking Michigan's top 10 vacation golf courses," 21 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of layout

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

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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