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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Laic \La"ic\, Laical \La"ic*al\, a. [L. laicus: cf. F. la["i]que. See Lay laic.] Of or pertaining to a layman or the laity. ``Laical literature.''

An unprincipled, unedified, and laic rabble.


Laic \La"ic\, n. A layman.
--Bp. Morton.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1560s, from French laïque (16c.), from Late Latin laicus, from Greek laikos "of or belonging to the people," from laos "people" (see lay (adj.)).


a. lay, relating to laypersons, as opposed to clerical. n. A layperson, as opposed to a member of the clergy.


adj. concerning those not members of the clergy; "set his collar in laic rather than clerical position"; "the lay ministry"; "the choir sings both sacred and secular music" [syn: lay, secular]

Usage examples of "laic".

James the Apostle, died Andrew, son of Hermann, of Sichele, a faithful and devout Laic of our House and an Oblate to God.

He was a faithful Laic and an Oblate, and when he finished his course was seventy years of age.

He was a Resignate and an Oblate, who had long discharged many hard tasks as a servant of our House, for he abode with us for near of forty-four years, and at length he departed in peace, being seventy-two years old, and he was laid in the burying-place of the Laics.

In the same year, on the night of the Assumption of the Blessed and Glorious Virgin Mary, and after the Te Deum had been sung, died the devout Laic, Nicholas Bodiken, who was an Oblate of our House.

Mary Magdalene, before Matins, died Everard Ens of Campen, a good and faithful Laic and Fellow Commoner, who had lived with us for fifteen years.

Augustine, before Matins, died the humble and devout Laic, John Bobert, being forty years old.

And under the new defensors, whether laic or clerical, the citizens conquered full self-jurisdiction and self-administration for their folkmotes.

Let all and each, whether monks or laics, who wish to amass merit for themselves, make the roads smooth and in good condition, grandly adorn the lanes and by-ways, and provide abundant store of flowers and incense to be used as offerings to it.