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

In November 2013, Nayeri was detained during a layover in the Czech Republic and was later arrested by waiting FBI agents. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Hossein Nayeri convicted in kidnapping of pair and torture of Newport Beach marijuana dispensary owner," 16 Aug. 2019 Second, it was filled with travelers from Israel, many of whom, Eleff speculated, keep kosher and might get hungry if their unplanned layover in Cleveland dragged on into the night. Susan Glaser,, "After flight from Israel diverted to Cleveland Hopkins, this Clevelander made sure no passengers went hungry," 2 Aug. 2019 On a recent trip home to Wyoming, Senator John Barrasso received a message from the White House during his layover in Denver: The president is free. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "For Trump, Staying on the Line Helps Keep the G.O.P. in Line," 27 July 2019 The practical and versatile must-have will make a seamless transition from desk duties to airport layovers. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Work Bag That’s Perfect for Every Type of Job," 13 Sep. 2019 The 49ers had similar layovers here between back-to-back road games in 2011 and ’12. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers’ Shanahan: Coleman’s ankle expected to sideline him vs. Cincy," 9 Sep. 2019 Schroder’s travel records show one visit to those countries in the past two years -- a 3-hour layover in Delhi, India en route to Kathmandu. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Audit launched for Cal State San Marcos dean, whose expenses feature first class travel, chauffeurs and a $110 steak," 5 Sep. 2019 Next up was a five-hour layover at LAX followed by a 14-hour flight to Auckland, New Zealand. Trevor Mahlmann, Ars Technica, "Behind the scenes at Earth’s most beautiful rocket launch site," 25 Aug. 2019 The hotel is available for short stays, starting at $139, for passengers who have three-plus-hour layovers. Kathryn B. Creedy,, "TWA Hotel at JFK airport feels straight out of the '60s," 23 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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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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