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- n. A mostly North European form of medieval song, with stanzas that do not repeat.
From Middle English lai, lay, from Old French lai ("song, lyric, poem"), from Old Frankish *laik, *laih ("play, melody, song"), from Proto-Germanic *laikaz, *laikiz (“jump, play, dance, hymn”), from Proto-Indo-European *loig-, *(e)laiǵ- (“to jump, spring, play”). Akin to Old High German leih ("a play, skit, melody, song"), Middle High German leich ("piece of music, epic song played on a harp"), Gothic (laiks, "a dance"), Old English lācan ("to move quickly, fence, sing"). More at lake. (Wiktionary)