noun[usually treated as plural] (the laity)
1Lay people, as distinct from the clergy.
More 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.
Definition of laity in:
- The US English dictionary