Origin of layout

1840–50, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase lay out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of layout

Historical Examples of layout

  • This layout is not as convenient as that shown in Figure 43, but is less expensive.

  • He still had only the haziest idea of the layout of the ship.

  • That was my dope on the subject too, after I'd seen the layout of her first skirmish.

  • The idea was to get inside and see the layout—spot the office, the file cabinets.

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

  • I cast around the thicket with my sense of perception and caught the layout.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

Word Origin and History for layout

also lay-out, "configuration, arrangement," 1852, from lay (v.) + out. Meaning "rough design of a printing job" is from 1910.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper