What does the word laity mean?

Usage examples for laity

  1. I once thought of asking a religious journal to open its columns to testimony from thoughtful, cool- headed clergy and laity of such experiences at death- beds. – The Gospel of the Hereafter by J. Paterson-Smyth
  2. Even to the laity of the Middle Ages, war was not a mere conflict of powers, in which the strongest power must necessarily prevail. – The Unity of Civilization by Various

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