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laity

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noun la·ity \ˈlā-ə-tē\

Simple Definition of laity

  • : the people of a religion who are not priests, ministers, etc.

Full Definition of laity

  1. 1 :  the people of a religious faith as distinguished from its clergy

  2. 2 :  the mass of the people as distinguished from those of a particular profession or those specially skilled

Examples of laity

  1. a member of the laity

  2. The laity has played an important role in the history of the church.



Origin of laity

5lay


First Known Use: 15th century

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