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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.]

laity

(ˈleɪɪtɪ)
n
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)

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]

Laity

 laymen collectively, 1616; non-professional in contrast with professionals in certain areas of work.
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)
Translations
laïcat

laity

[ˈleɪɪtɪ] N the laitylos seglares, los legos

laity

[ˈleɪɪti] nlaïques mpl

laity

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

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

laity

n. [nonprofessional] lego.
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