Definition of laity in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlāədē/


(usually treated as plural the laity)
1Lay people, as distinct from the clergy.
Example sentences
  • Today divorced and remarried clergy and laity serve the church faithfully as full partners.
  • The bishops - together with the laity and clergy - should be part of the creation of a healthy, revitalized church.
  • In many cases it is being done by co-opting both the clergy and the laity, giving them no alternative except to acquiesce.
1.1Ordinary people, as distinct from professionals or experts.
Example sentences
  • Never did Shaw speak a truer word, that all professions are conspiracies against the laity.


Late Middle English: from lay2 + -ity.

Words that rhyme with laity

deity, gaiety (US gayety), simultaneity, spontaneity

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Syllabification: la·i·ty

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