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 Two doors down, a porcelain pantry mirrors its layout—but is stocked with slightly fancier loot. Kathryn O'shea-evans, House Beautiful, "Michelle Nussbaumer Designed Our 2019 Kitchen(s) of the Year," 9 Sep. 2019 You will then be treated to a demonstration, illustrating how to plan your layout and execute a successful painting, start to finish., "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 6 Sep. 2019 Many Danish cities had notable importance in the Viking era, but none other than Aarhus have retained their geographical layout since then. Johnny Simon, Quartz, "A Danish city replaced its walking signs with little green Vikings," 27 Aug. 2019 There is no denying that no one does style like this icon and her creative layout and professional photos make her social media look that much better. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Monica's Instagram Is Filled With Chic Fashion Moments," 19 Aug. 2019 Opened as Vacation Village in 1962, Paradise Point was, in its heyday, the archetype of themed resorts, and its sprawling layout on city-owned, waterfront land was a big draw for visitors. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hello, Margaritaville. Goodbye, Paradise Point. Resort undergoing $35M transformation," 26 July 2019 Once a hallmark of hostels, bunk beds are popping up across the country in hotels looking to update their room layouts and appeal to different crowds. Naomi Tomky, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Boutique Hotels Are Jumping on the Bunk Bed Trend," 24 July 2019 In the Van Ness building across the way, Samuels brought in a Target — and convinced the retailer to experiment with its layout. Globe Staff,, "It was a parking lot. Now it’s a park, and the ‘center of gravity’ in reimagined Fenway neighborhood," 14 July 2019 To put these new apps at arm’s reach of Apple Watch owners, Apple had to figure out how to adapt its app store from its larger, iOS layout to fit on the smaller screen of the watch. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "WWDC 2019: How the Apple Watch Is Breaking Free From the iPhone," 4 June 2019

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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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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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