laity

noun la·ity \ ˈlā-ə-tē \
Updated on: 22 May 2018

Definition of laity

1 : the people of a religious faith as distinguished from its clergy
  • The laity has played an important role in the history of the church.
2 : the mass of the people as distinguished from those of a particular profession or those specially skilled
  • writers who can interpret this wholeness both to their colleagues and the laity
  • —P. B. Sears

Examples of laity in a Sentence

  1. a member of the laity

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

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Origin and Etymology of laity

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Definition of laity for English Language Learners

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


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