laity

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

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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.
    This book is a layman's guide to basket-weaving.

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