la·​ical ˈlā-ə-kəl How to pronounce laical (audio)
variants or laic
: of or relating to the laity : secular
laic noun
laically adverb

Word History


Late Latin laicus, from Late Greek laïkos, from Greek, of the people, from laos people

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laical was in 1562

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“Laical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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