[ ley ]


  1. (in medieval French literature)
  2. a narrative poem written in octosyllabic couplets and dealing with tales of adventure and romance.
  3. a lyric poem, often a love poem, having great metrical variety and designed to be sung to a popular melody.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lai1

1200–50; Middle English < Old French. See lay 4

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Example Sentences

The creative team behind the new My Lai project is working out the details for set design.

Lai last saw Knox a few days ago, she said, at a Vietnamese sandwich shop a couple of blocks from the Hong Kong building.

On our October 1971 trip Kissinger gave Zhou En-Lai our draft of a joint communiqué for the looming summit.

With his suggestive humor and wit, popular writer Xu Lai represented a new challenge to the authorities in Beijing.

Xu Lai then moved his blog to another host, renaming it "Qian Leixian Still Wants to Speak"—or the Prostate Is Still Enflamed.

Je lai confie mon chef de musique qui soccupe de vous composer une marche approprie notre musique sur la thme de la vtre.

It was more simply turned, however, than was the general cast of the sirventes, and rather resembled the lai of a Norman minstrel.

The Lai and the Virelai are so nearly related that they must be considered together.

The Virelai (ancien) is a lai that preserves a sequence of rhymes throughout.

In the Lai each fresh stanza of the poem has its own two rhyme sounds, without reference to the preceding ones.