Definitions for laityˈleɪ ɪ ti
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
la•i•tyˈleɪ ɪ ti(n.)
the body of religious worshipers, as distinguished from the clergy.
the people outside of a particular profession, as distinguished from those belonging to it.
Origin of laity:
1535–45; lay3+ -ity
in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy
people of a church who are not ordained clergy or clerics.
the common man or woman
the unlearned, untrained or ignorant as in u201CThe Laymanu2019s Guide to Basket Weavingu201D
Origin: From laitas, from λαός
the people, as distinguished from the clergy; the body of the people not in orders
the state of a layman
those who are not of a certain profession, as law or medicine, in distinction from those belonging to it