Laity is defined as the people not belonging to a specific profession.
An example of the laity are the members of a church congregation who are not part of the clergy.
- all the people not included among the clergy; laymen collectively
- all the people not belonging to a given profession
Origin of laitylay + -ity
- Laypeople considered as a group.
- All those persons who are not members of a given profession or other specialized field.
Origin of laityMiddle English laite from lay of the laity ; see lay 2.