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
a member of the laity
The laity has played an important role in the history of the church.
Origin and Etymology of laity
First Known Use: 15th century
LAITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of laity for English Language Learners
: the people of a religion who are not priests, ministers, etc.
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