\ ˈlid How to pronounce lid (audio) \
plural lids

Definition of lid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a movable cover for the opening of a hollow container (such as a vessel or box)
2 : eyelid
3 : the operculum in mosses
4 slang : hat
5 : something that confines, limits, or suppresses : check, restraint
6 slang : an ounce of marijuana "He wanted privacy. He'd bought a keg of beer and a lid of dope and he didn't want his parents to know."— Sue Grafton


lidded; lidding

Definition of lid (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover or supply with a lid

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Synonyms for lid

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of lid in a Sentence

Noun I had to get a screwdriver to pry the lid off of the paint can. as he left the field, the pitcher tipped his lid to the cheering crowd
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Place beans and rosemary sprigs in a wide, shallow container with a lid. Soleil Ho,, "Two new cookbooks on beans perfect for coronavirus shelter-in-place cooking," 17 Apr. 2020 Cover the jar with a lid or cheesecloth secured with a rubber band, and let sit at room temperature for 24-48 hours. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, "How to Make Your Own Sour Cream," 13 Apr. 2020 There is no notch or gripping surface in the center bottom of the lid, and the hinges are very stiff. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Asus ROG Zephyrus G14—Ryzen 7nm mobile is here, and it’s awesome," 8 Apr. 2020 Originally part of the coffin’s lid, the leopard’s face would have aligned with the head of the mummy inside, according to a statement. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "2,000-Year-Old Leopard Face Painting Reconstructed From Egyptian Sarcophagus," 3 Mar. 2020 The second pink triangle layers right on top and follows the crease of the lid and finishes past the outer corner of the eye. Crystal Martin, New York Times, "When Your Makeup Is the Party," 4 Dec. 2019 Using the same finger, start at the inner corner of your eyelid and trace dots along to the outer corner of the lid, repeating the same previous dabbing gesture. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "La Prairie Skin Caviar Serum Gave Me a Non-Invasive Eye and Brow Lift in Seconds," 18 Nov. 2019 Among his many improvements, Mr. Fleming designed a crescent-shaped sipping hole on the inner lip of the lid. A.j. Jacobs, WSJ, "To Make a Cup of Coffee, It Takes More Than a Village," 8 Nov. 2018 With each practiced flip of a mailbox lid, Bezerra reassures another household that, although the coronavirus has upended much of society, many basic services are running like clockwork. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Postal carriers, delivery workers keep Americans safe at home during coronavirus," 25 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Utilizing a center-field camera, someone viewing a monitor behind the dugout would steal the signs, and a trash-can lid would be banged to alert hitters what was coming. John Shea,, "Giants’ Buster Posey suggests using microphones to give signs to pitchers," 7 Feb. 2020 The fight was so ridiculous that even when Bale grabbed a garbage can lid to fend off Damon's advances, the first concern was about safety. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Even with a botched perm, Matt Damon shows true grit as Carroll Shelby in 'Ford v Ferrari'," 12 Nov. 2019 Hospital staff physically blocked them from leaving several times, once with a trash can lid. Mark Strassmann, CBS News, "Tyler Perry helps American couple held "captive" in Mexican hospital," 22 Nov. 2019 For a charcoal grill, pour a full chimney of hot coals evenly over one side of the grill bed and open the bottom grill vents and lid vents; for a gas grill, turn all burners to high. Christopher Kimball,, "Recipes: Banh Mi and pork skewers on your backyard grill," 13 Aug. 2019 Remove the Instant Pot lid carefully, directing the steam away from you. Lisa Futterman,, "How to Instant Pot your picnic, with recipes for pate, savory cheesecake and dessert," 18 July 2019 Just recently, in Chicago, there was that infant abandoned on a garbage can lid and saved by paramedics. John Kass,, "Gov. J.B. Pritzker cheered as he signs abortion bill, but what is the cost?," 13 June 2019 One of my favorites is a skier Klennert crafted using old car bumpers for the skis, a milk-can lid for the hat and water-faucet handles for the ears. Carol Pucci, The Seattle Times, "For a visit without the crowds, head to Mount Rainier in winter," 20 Feb. 2019 Place a medium-size disposable foil roasting pan (about 15- by 11- by 3-inches) on cold grill to check if grill lid will close. Woman's Day, "Turkey Roasted on a Covered Gas Grill," 1 Jan. 2012

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First Known Use of lid


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lid


Middle English, from Old English hlid; akin to Old High German hlit cover, and probably to Old English hlinian to lean — more at lean

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The first known use of lid was before the 12th century

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12 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce lid (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of lid

: a cover on a box, can, jar, etc., that can be lifted or removed


\ ˈlid How to pronounce lid (audio) \

Kids Definition of lid

1 : a movable cover the lid of a box
2 : eyelid

Other Words from lid

lidded \ ˈli-​dəd \ adjective
lidless \ ˈlid-​ləs \ adjective


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