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 Jacinda Passmore, 23, a former English teacher in China who flew into Dallas on March 10, after a layover in Tokyo, got a thorough screening at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. Steve Eder, New York Times, "430,000 People Have Traveled From China to U.S. Since Coronavirus Surfaced," 4 Apr. 2020 The woman, in her 60s with underlying health issues, did not live locally but was visiting friends following an extensive travel schedule that included a long layover in South Korea, Ferrer detailed. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why Some Hollywood Events Haven't Been Canceled: "We're Not There Yet"," 12 Mar. 2020 Many flights to and from Alaska have layovers at the Sea-Tac. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Your questions about the new coronavirus, answered," 6 Mar. 2020 On her layover to Tokyo, someone sent Rose a WhatsApp message with a number for a Cameroonian woman in Japan. Matt Katz, The Atlantic, "The World’s Refugee System Is Broken," 29 Feb. 2020 On her journey home, Nigg said there were six people on her Alaska Airlines flight to Anchorage, which had a layover in Los Angeles. Maxine Joselow, Scientific American, "“Ghost Flights” Haunt the Skies, Enlarging Carbon Footprints," 23 Apr. 2020 Some might have even appreciated using COVID-19 as an excuse to avoid having a layover at O’Hare longer than that client meeting. Gernot Wagner, Time, "Pausing the World to Fight Coronavirus Has Carbon Emissions Down—But True Climate Success Looks Like More Action, Not Less," 1 Apr. 2020 Each takes about half an hour to complete round-trip, with a 10-minute layover in between. Rachel Swan,, "Need help on BART? Team of ‘ambassadors’ starts work," 10 Feb. 2020 Pamela Utley and her two daughters planned to leave Cleveland May 3 and arrive in Paris the next day, with a layover in Toronto, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Medina family sues United Airlines over European trip scuttled by coronavirus," 8 Apr. 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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26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Layover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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