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

If a cloture were filed on Saturday, then, the layover day would be Sunday. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Supreme Court set to begin new term with empty seat amid Kavanaugh uncertainty," 24 Sep. 2018 Here’s how to make the most of an extended layover in the country’s most dynamic and addictive city. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Flying from Chicago was easier, but still took 14 hours, including a three-hour layover in Frankfurt. Robert Wall, WSJ, "The Last 747: Airlines Dump the Jumbo Jet, Transforming International Travel," 29 Dec. 2018 Some of the deals, like those from the East Coast, are non-stop, while most flights from the West Coast have one- to two-hour layovers in airports like Miami and Newark. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Days of Deals: U.S. to Europe from $323 Round-Trip," 20 Dec. 2018 If you're not pressed for time, adding a layover in your travel plan can lower the price. Adam Schubak, Country Living, "The Best Tips For Affordable Trips and Travel on Any Budget," 19 Dec. 2018 The comment suggests Meng could be a political pawn in negotiations and makes things more awkward for Canada, which arrested her on America’s behalf during a Dec. 1 layover at the Vancouver airport. Rob Gillies, The Seattle Times, "Trump comments upend US approach to Huawei, trade talks," 12 Dec. 2018 Chicago to Auckland, Air New Zealand Hours in the air: 16Time saved: Four hours, plus a layover in California at LAX or SFO.The seat to get: The Economy SkyCouch, three seats that fold into a sofa, is a solid alternative to biz class. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Case for Booking an Ultra-Long Flight," 10 Oct. 2018 Some of the cheapest fares have long layovers in Seattle. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s where to look for cheap flights south this month," 11 Feb. 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

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

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