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.
Recent Examples of laity from the Web
Laity would play a key role in that effort as top overseer of energy and environmental rules.
Both Cardinal Tobin and Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the prefect of the Vatican’s dicastery for laity, family and life, who was appointed by Pope Francis, wrote positive blurbs for Father Martin’s book.
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Origin and Etymology of laity
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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