Definition of lay noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//leɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//leɪ//
    see also lie1
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  1. 1(taboo, informal) a partner in sex, especially a woman an easy lay (= a person who is ready and willing to have sex) to be a great lay
  2. 2(old use) a poem that was written to be sung, usually telling a story
  3. Idioms
      the lay of the land (North American English) (British English the lie of the land)
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    1. 1the way the land in an area is formed and what physical characteristics it has
    2. 2the way a situation is now and how it is likely to develop
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lay