- (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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see lay (n.).
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