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  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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Origin of lai

1200–50; Middle English < Old French. See lay4
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see lay (n.).

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