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 Thomson said that the layout of the development will not allow for the public to gain access to residential areas, only the golf facilities and any other areas the city will take ownership of. Austen Erblat,, "The Boca Country Club was just donated to the city. It’ll mean more golf for residents.," 7 Oct. 2020 Accommodations can include physical changes to the layout of a workspace, such as building ramps or modifying a restroom, or assistive technology that allows employees to communicate with their colleagues. Lorraine Longhi, The Arizona Republic, "HonorHealth sued over claims of discrimination against employees with disabilities," 1 Oct. 2020 With Wang’s team and researchers at Stanford, Brinkley-Rubinstein hopes to combine case numbers with publicly available data about the layout of different facilities and how inmates are housed. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Pandemic inspires new push to shrink jails and prisons," 17 Sep. 2020 The layout of the grocery aisles in the new store will follow the existing store’s pattern to minimize the disruption of a new store. John Ewoldt, Star Tribune, "Lunds & Byerlys to expand, move Highland Park store to former Ford site," 15 Sep. 2020 All the factors are compiled into the layout of the project and formal design. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Fed up with flooding, Cypress Creek dwellers organize for help," 5 Sep. 2020 The Kansas City Chiefs examined the layout of Arrowhead Stadium and did some math. Dave Skretta,, "The 20% solution? Sports teams that plan to have fans at home games are scrambling to come up with the magic COVID-19 attendance number.," 3 Sep. 2020 Amoskeag shaped not only the physical layout of the city but also its culture: generally blue-collar, conservative, and down-to-earth. John Loftus, National Review, "The Energy of a Trump Rally," 2 Sep. 2020 The very layout of the retrospective enacts a version of this ongoing critical dispute. Leslie Jamison, The Atlantic, "The Beating Pulse of Donald Judd," 31 Aug. 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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14 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Layout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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