laity

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From Anglo-Norman laite, from Latin laitas, from Ancient Greek λαός (laós, people)

lay +‎ -ity

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laity (plural laities)

  1. people of a church who are not ordained clergy or clerics.
  2. the common man or woman
  3. the unlearned, untrained or ignorant as in “The Layman’s Guide to Basket Weaving”

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