- An ambush.
"They laid in wait for the patrol."
- (in the plural, archaic, Britain) Musicians who sing or play at night or in the early morning, especially at Christmas time; serenaders; musical watchmen. [formerly waites, wayghtes.]
- A delay.
"I had a very long wait at the airport security check."
- (in the plural, obsolete, Britain) Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians.
- (obsolete) One who watches; a watchman.
- (intransitive) To delay movement or action until some event or time; to remain neglected or in readiness.
"Wait here until your car arrives."
- (obsolete) To attend as a consequence; to follow upon; to accompany.
- (transitive, now rare) To delay movement or action until the arrival or occurrence of; to await. (Now generally superseded by “wait for”.)
- (obsolete) To attend on; to accompany; especially, to attend with ceremony or respect.
- (intransitive, US) To wait tables; to serve customers in a restaurant or other eating establishment.
"She used to wait down at the Dew Drop Inn."
- (obsolete) To defer or postpone (a meal).
"to wait dinner"