Definitions

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  • n. A mostly North European form of medieval song, with stanzas that do not repeat.

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • To express an interrogative, we say, — 他来不来 _t'a lai pu lai_ = "he come no come?"

    China and the Chinese

  • The process is called lai, or pulling: A damp towel is placed over a hot metal surface, a thin layer of rice-flour batter is spread on top, and when the translucent sheet turns opaque -- a signal it is done, which happens within seconds -- the burning-hot cloth must be ripped away from the rice-flour sheet in a quick pulling motion.

    The Heart of Dim Sum

  • That's very accurate: Tahitians are obsessed with flowers, and always give you a "lai", or flower-garland, as soon as you get off the boat.

    Another view on Gauguin: Maker of Myth

  • Cause the 'lai's and the' he's have something against each other. - shrugs - I don't even know if im a lai or a sun.

    yanxious Diary Entry

  • And if you wish to see the whole meaning of life as the romance actually understood it, you have but to turn again to that 'lai' of Mary of

    The Unity of Civilization

  • For a recent definition of "lai", se L. Foulet in "Ztsch. fur romanische Philologie", xxxii. 161 f.] [Footnote 143: The sterling was the English silver penny, 240 of which equalled 1 Pound Sterling of silver of 5760 grains 925 fine.

    Four Arthurian Romances

  • (Hanover, 1908).] [Footnote 142: In fact, nothing is known of this "lai", if, indeed, it ever existed.

    Four Arthurian Romances

  • Chou En-lai was a coach as good as friend of U Peng.

    Batin Itam: The Li Blood Line

  • August 24th, 2009 4: 37 pm ET this witch hunt is no different than mai-lai. .it's always the grunts who get the labels. .but, in this hunt, try some real sicko's for a change ..

    Justice asks prosecutor to investigate CIA interrogation

  • The “my-lai” reference made understanding time and place confusing.

    FRANKLY • by Eric Del Carlo

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