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


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

For example, my flight to Singapore would have taken three and a half hours longer with a layover in Hong Kong. Jay L. Zagorsky, The Conversation, "Why would anyone want to sit on a plane for over 18 hours? An economist takes the world’s longest flight," 28 Aug. 2019 The first plane arrived late for a layover in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to Hudson's mother, Kristie Hoyt, and the children were rushed to their Portland, Oregon, flight without stopping for food., "Beaverton boy, 8, among kids left stranded overnight without food awaiting flight to Portland, mother says," 24 Aug. 2019 Limit the layover: Even the best airports will grow tiresome. Heather Greenwood Davis, National Geographic, "Flying with kids? Follow these tips for a stress-free flight," 26 July 2019 But traveling one way—from Edinburgh, Scotland, to San Juan, Puerto Rico—took nearly 22 hours, including a stop in Amsterdam and a long layover at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Wendy Lu, Quartz, "Traveling while disabled is four times more expensive," 8 Aug. 2019 Nome will continue to serve as the race’s halfway point and racers will still take a 24-hour layover there. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Iron Dog racers will go the extra mile -- and to Kotzebue -- in 2020," 4 Aug. 2019 One parent suggests that the sweet spot for layovers in the airport terminal is under three hours. Heather Greenwood Davis, National Geographic, "Flying with kids? Follow these tips for a stress-free flight," 26 July 2019 The ship traveled from Southampton in the U.K. and sailed via the Canary Islands and Cape Town before a layover in Western Australia. Time, "A Man Who Wrote a Message in a Bottle 50 Years Ago Has Been Found," 18 July 2019 Please do not force your friends to endure a layover as well. Amelia Harnish,, "We've Reached Peak Party. Now What?," 1 June 2019

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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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