from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the laity; secular.
- n. A layperson.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A layperson, as opposed to a member of the clergy.
- adj. Lay, relating to laypersons, as opposed to clerical.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a layman or the laity.
- n. A layman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to the laity or people, in distinction from the clergy or professionals.
- n. A layman, in distinction from a clergyman.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy
The confinement made him fretful and exacting, and the old Marquise ascribed the change in his behaviour to the deplorable influence of his tutor, a "laic" recommended by one of Raymond's old professors.
Established as a secular state by Mustafa Kemal, Attaturk (popularly known as the Father of the Turks), Turkey's political elite and military often defined and implemented their brand secularism (laic) as a hardline secularism, more autocratic than democratic, that was often anti-religion with little space for Islam in the public square.
Taking into account simple preconditions for a nation to emerge, such as ‘national identity’ (preferably laic) - are we sure that each and every nation in the Arab World had its unique identity at the moment of its creation?
Luc ët ðë riisënt Jhëërmën modificeixën, it traid të regiëlëraiz ðë speliñ böt respectiñ ðë tradixën, ënd ðë risoolt wëz disëpointiñ, insted ëv put ðë loñ vawëlz in ounli wön wei (för instans döbliñ ðem), ðei hëv nau tripël consënënts (laic “Programmmusik”).
French laws have been fiercely laic for the longest time now.
The conservative Christian leadership includes both hypocritical clerics like Robertson, Falwell, Dobson and Phelps, and neocon laic politicians like Bush, Ashcroft, Frisch and DeLay.
There is a strong consensus in France that the core of the welfare state must be preserved, that education should be free, public and laic.
Trapbois will none of them, whether clerical or laic.
However, they were nothing less, as Master Aedituus told us; assuring us, at the same time, that they were neither secular nor laic; and the truth is, the diversity of their feathers and plumes did not a little puzzle us.
"Let not the religious serve at the table of a laic, unless all things be rightly prepared and decimated."