lay·​over | \ˈlā-ˌō-vər \

Definition of layover 

(Entry 1 of 2)

lay 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


our flight from New York to San Francisco made a layover in Chicago


we'll have to lay over a discussion of the issue until the next meeting

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

All mushers took a mandatory 10-hour layover at Yentna Station. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Andrew Nolan traveled 11 miles in last year’s Iditarod but hopes to go all the way to Nome this year," 4 Mar. 2018 No one wants a flight to Las Vegas that gets in late at night on New Year's Eve, or a holiday trip to Mexico with kids that makes a couple stops with long layovers. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Southwest Airlines opens bookings for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's flights," 31 May 2018 But Alaska is offering rates from $170 each way, albeit with a long layover in Seattle. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Summer has arrived: Here are the cheapest ways to get out of town," 23 June 2018 At the same time, a flight from NYC to Los Angeles is just $200, but includes a layover in Las Vegas. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "How I saved $500 on my vacation ... and how you can, too," 12 July 2018 On May 18, after a one-night layover at advanced base camp, at 21,300 feet, Jornet made a trial run—literally—on some sections. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 That meant Rosa flew budget airlines Spirit, and had an eight-hour layover in Houston before changing planes to go the rest of the way to Louisiana. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Separated at the border, asylum seeker pleads for son's return," 5 July 2018 Trips from Denver to Copenhagen are as low as $443, with a two-hour layover at London Gatwick; New York to Madrid is $450, non-stop. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to All Over Europe from $443 Round-Trip," 20 June 2018 Dustin Scott didn’t mind a six-hour layover in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "The Airport Lounge, Once a Refuge, Is a Total Zoo," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of layover

: a period of time when you are not traveling in the middle of a journey

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