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



    BrE BrE//steɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//steɪ//
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  1. 1  a period of staying; a visit I enjoyed my stay in Prague. an overnight stay
  2. 2a rope or wire that supports a ship’s mast, a pole, etc. see also mainstay
  3. Word Originnoun sense 1 late Middle English (as a verb): from Anglo-Norman French estai-, stem of Old French ester, from Latin stare ‘to stand’. noun sense 2 Old English stæg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stag, from a base meaning ‘be firm’.Extra examples In recent years the average hospital stay for elderly patients has decreased. It poured throughout their stay. She has extended her stay by three days. We did a lot of walking during our stay.Idioms (law) a delay in following the order of a court to grant a stay of execution There will be no stay of execution and few mourners for this concrete tower block, due to be demolished next month.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stay