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[hey-lawft, -loft] /ˈheɪˌlɔft, -ˌlɒft/
a loft in a stable or barn for the storage of hay.
Origin of hayloft
First recorded in 1565-75; hay + loft Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You shall have that, and your servant shall sleep in the hayloft.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • He said that he wished that he had died when he fell out of Nofsinger's hayloft.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Climbing up, she arrived at a hayloft, which was filled with fresh and fragrant hay.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • He retraced his steps and looked through the barn and the hayloft.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • He found Johnny in the barn, rigging a new block and tackle for the hayloft.

    Make Mine Homogenized Rick Raphael
  • The harvesters slept in the hayloft because it was cooler there than in the house.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • The theatre is still standing, though it is now used only as a hayloft.

    The Huguenots in France Samuel Smiles.
  • Strange as it may seem, sleeping in a hayloft is Romance itself.

  • They found their way into the hayloft and went up and down freely.


    Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Seriously, do you know of a hayloft in the neighborhood where I might go?

    The Annals of Ann Kate Trimble Sharber
Word Origin and History for hayloft

1570s, from hay + loft (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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