- (in medieval French literature)
- a narrative poem written in octosyllabic couplets and dealing with tales of adventure and romance.
- a lyric poem, often a love poem, having great metrical variety and designed to be sung to a popular melody.
Origin of lai
1200–50; Middle English < Old French. See lay4
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Examples from the Web for lai
The creative team behind the new My Lai project is working out the details for set design.The My Lai Massacre Inspires an Opera
December 17, 2014
Lai last saw Knox a few days ago, she said, at a Vietnamese sandwich shop a couple of blocks from the Hong Kong building.What Amanda Knox Is Up to Now
Winston Ross, Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 25, 2013
A lai tou chia a tou chia, moung hang yeh ngong ngi, chiu tiao yeh.Three Years in Western China
Once upon a time there was a woman who lived in the State of Lai Hka.Shan Folk Lore Stories from the Hill and Water Country
William C. Griggs
Britanny contributed the wonderfully suggestive Arthurian legends, and the peculiar music and style of the lai.
This is the lai, a term which is used in old French poetry with two different significations.
In both versions of the lai the lady herself invites the adventure.The Legend of Sir Lancelot du Lac
Jessie L. Weston
Word Origin and History for lai
see lay (n.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper