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I removed the requirement that a layover be overnight. There is no evidence for a distinction in meaning between "layover" and "stopover"; certainly not one based on being overnight. No other dictionary supports this requirement. All the dictionaries I checked just defined it as a synonym for "stopover":

  • Merriam-Webster: stopover: a stop at an intermediate point in one's journey
  • Random-House: noun 1. a brief stop in the course of a journey, as to eat, sleep, or visit friends. 2. such a stop made with the privilege of proceeding later on the ticket originally issued.
  • WordNet: a brief stay in the course of a journey
  • Cambridge Dictionary: US for stopover (= a short stay between parts of a journey, especially a plane journey)
  • Webster's New World: a stopping for a while in some place during a journey
  • Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English: American English a short stay between parts of a journey, especially a long plane journey [= stopover British English]
  • Oxford American Dictionary: a period of rest or waiting before a further stage in a journey.

Furthermore, this supposed disction is on its face bogus in the face of the prevalence of expressions like "2 hour layover" and "3 hour layover". Nohat 18:59, 8 November 2011 (UTC)

Looks good to me, @Nohat, but you should know your way around here after 12+ years of contributions. <wink> - Amgine/ t·e 22:31, 16 November 2015 (UTC)