(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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lai

Contemporary Examples of lai

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

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    The My Lai Massacre Inspires an Opera

    Asawin Suebsaeng

    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.

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    What Amanda Knox Is Up to Now

    Winston Ross, Barbie Latza Nadeau

    March 25, 2013

Historical Examples of lai

Word Origin and History for lai

see lay (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper