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.

Origin of lai

1200–50; Middle English < Old French. See lay4 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Word Origin and History for lais'


see lay (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper