Lay Lay, n. [OF. lei faith, law, F. loi law. See {Legal}.] 1. Faith; creed; religious profession. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Of the sect to which that he was born He kept his lay, to which that he was sworn. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. A law. [Obs.] ``Many goodly lays.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. An obligation; a vow. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

They bound themselves by a sacred lay and oath. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Lay — (althochdeutsch: Felsen, Klippe (ley); englisch: Laie, Lage) ist: Koblenz Lay, Stadtteil von Koblenz, Rheinland Pfalz Lay (Hilpoltstein), Ortsteil der Stadt Hilpoltstein, Landkreis Roth, Bayern Lay (Loire), französische Gemeinde im Département… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lay — Lay, n. 1. That which lies or is laid or is conceived of as having been laid or placed in its position; a row; a stratum; a layer; as, a lay of stone or wood. Addison. [1913 Webster] A viol should have a lay of wire strings below. Bacon. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lay — Lay, a. [F. lai, L. laicus, Gr. ? of or from the people, lay, from ?, ?, people. Cf. {Laic}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the laity, as distinct from the clergy; as, a lay person; a lay preacher; a lay brother. [1913 Webster] 2. Not educated or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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