Laity La"i*ty (l[=a]"[i^]*t[y^]), n. [See {Lay}, a.] 1. The people, as distinguished from the clergy; the body of the people not in orders. [1913 Webster]

A rising up of the laity against the sacerdotal caste. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. The state of a layman. [Obs.] --Ayliffe. [1913 Webster]

3. Those who are not of a certain profession, as law or medicine, in distinction from those belonging to it. [1913 Webster]

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