Thesaurus

laity

noun

Synonyms of laity

the people of a religion who are not priests, ministers, etc.
  • a member of the laity
  • The laity has played an important role in the history of the church.

Synonyms & Near Synonyms for laity

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about laity

Time Traveler for laity

Time Traveler

The first known use of laity was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Laity.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/laity. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on laity

Dictionary: Definition of laity

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with laity

Spanish Central: Translation of laity

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about laity

Comments on laity

What made you want to look up laity? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!