[ ley-er ]
/ ˈleɪ ər /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to separate into or form layers.
(of a garment) to permit of wearing in layers; be used in layering: Frilly blouses don't layer well.

Origin of layer

First recorded in 1350–1400, layer is from the Middle English word leyer, legger. See lay1, -er1


lay·er·a·ble, adjective in·ter·lay·er, noun in·ter·lay·er, verb (used with object) non·lay·ered, adjective

Definition for layer (2 of 2)

lay 3
[ ley ]
/ leɪ /


belonging to, pertaining to, or performed by the people or laity, as distinguished from the clergy: a lay sermon.
not belonging to, connected with, or proceeding from a profession, especially the law or medicine.

Origin of lay

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French lai < Medieval Latin lāicus laic

Example sentences from the Web for layer

British Dictionary definitions for layer (1 of 5)

/ (ˈleɪə) /


a thickness of some homogeneous substance, such as a stratum or a coating on a surface
one of four or more levels of vegetation defined in ecological studies: the ground or moss layer, the field or herb layer, the shrub layer, and one or more tree layers
a laying hen
  1. a shoot or branch rooted during layering
  2. a plant produced as a result of layering


to form or make a layer of (something)
to take root or cause to take root by layering

Word Origin for layer

C14 leyer, legger, from lay 1 + -er 1

British Dictionary definitions for layer (2 of 5)

lay 1
/ (leɪ) /

verb lays, laying or laid (leɪd) (mainly tr)


Word Origin for lay

Old English lecgan; related to Gothic lagjan, Old Norse leggja

usage for lay

In careful English, the verb lay is used with an object and lie without one: the soldier laid down his arms; the Queen laid a wreath; the book was lying on the table; he was lying on the floor. In informal English, lay is frequently used for lie: the book was laying on the table. All careful writers and speakers observe the distinction even in informal contexts

British Dictionary definitions for layer (3 of 5)

lay 2
/ (leɪ) /


of, involving, or belonging to people who are not clergy
nonprofessional or nonspecialist; amateur

Word Origin for lay

C14: from Old French lai, from Late Latin lāicus, ultimately from Greek laos people

British Dictionary definitions for layer (4 of 5)

lay 3
/ (leɪ) /


a ballad or short narrative poem, esp one intended to be sung
a song or melody

Word Origin for lay

C13: from Old French lai, perhaps of Germanic origin

British Dictionary definitions for layer (5 of 5)

lay 4
/ (leɪ) /


the past tense of lie 2

Medical definitions for layer

[ lāər ]


A single thickness of a material covering a surface or forming an overlying part or segment.


To divide or form into layers.

Idioms and Phrases with layer