laity

(redirected from Lay Ministers)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

la·i·ty

 (lā′ĭ-tē)
n.
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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

laity

(ˈleɪɪtɪ)
n
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)

n.
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.
[1535–45; lay3 + -ity]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

Laity

 laymen 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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
layman, layperson, secular - someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person
clergy - in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Translations
laïcat

laity

[ˈleɪɪtɪ] N the laitylos seglares, los legos
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] nlaïques mpl
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

laity

n
(= laymen)Laienstand m, → Laien pl
(= those outside a profession)Laien pl
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

laity

n. [nonprofessional] lego.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
References in periodicals archive ?
In Kapatagan town, Rapadas was given a welcome befitting a new Church leader by parishioners, priests, nuns, lay ministers and members of the Knights of Columbus.
"PAM's Ministerial Institute is an ecumenical three-year program of study designed for lay ministers, bivocational ministers, individuals in discernment, and others seeking an alternative to or preparation for graduate theological education," says Stephens.
Today there are numerous lay Catholics who sacrifice time, talent, and treasure for the church, rendering services as lay ministers, lectors, collectors, choir members, catechists, social workers.
Pabillo admitted it is very difficult to determine if a person offering blessings is not a poseur, as it can be performed not only by priests, but also by seminarians and lay ministers.
There, by the altar, the lay ministers anointed the holy oil on each of the believer's forehead and palms.
Lay ecclesial ministers, and particularly female lay ministers, are the too-often-invisible glue holding parishes together.
Oatway is one of a rotating group of five lay ministers who perform prayer services at the chapel throughout the winter.
Theology for Ministry: An Introduction for Lay Ministers. By Edward P.
Ministers: A Study in Emerging Leadership from the National Pastoral Life Center, the average age of lay ministers in the United States at the time was 64.
Closure of the college, which trained Welsh priest and poet RS Thomas, would see ordinands and lay ministers trained across Wales through a non-residential institution.
Asked about the sexual practice of ordained and lay ministers, he replied: "All those offering themselves for authorised public ministry shouldn't cohabit with a partner until they have taken appropriate steps to formalise such a relationship either through marriage or by entering a civil partnership."
"They would be officially recognized as lay ministers in the church" said Dunn.