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1. Laypeople considered as a group.
2. All those persons who are not members of a given profession or other specialized field.
[Middle English laite, from lay, of the laity; see lay2.]
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) laymen, as distinguished from clergymen
2. all people not of a specific occupation
[C16: from lay3]
la•i•ty(ˈleɪ ɪ ti)
1. the body of religious worshipers, as distinguished from the clergy.
2. the people outside of a particular profession, as distinguished from those belonging to it.
Laitylaymen collectively, 1616; non-professional in contrast with professionals in certain areas of work.
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|Noun||1.||laity - in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy|
hoi polloi, masses, the great unwashed, multitude, people, mass - the common people generally; "separate the warriors from the mass"; "power to the people"
clergy - in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)
laity[ˈleɪɪti] n → laïques mpl
n. [nonprofessional] lego.