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


Late Latin lāicus; see lay2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin laĭcus ("common people"), from Ancient Greek λαός. (Wiktionary)



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