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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.]
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) laymen, as distinguished from clergymen
2. all people not of a specific occupation
[C16: from lay3]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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.
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Laitylaymen collectively, 1616; non-professional in contrast with professionals in certain areas of work.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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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)
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
laity[ˈleɪɪti] n → laïques mpl
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Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
laity[ˈleɪɪtɪ] collective n the laity (as opposed to the clergy) → i laici, il laicato; (as opposed to professionals) → i non appartenenti ad una categoria professionale
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
n. [nonprofessional] lego.
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