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lay brother

a man who has taken religious vows and habit but is employed by his order chiefly in manual labor.
Origin of lay brother
First recorded in 1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • John made no answer, and the lay brother began to go upstairs.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • He pushed the lay brother aside and made straight for the Superior's room.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • The change that had come over him since the night before startled the lay brother.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • He could see at once that he was a lay brother of the Order.

  • It was doubtful whether the latter was not as hard of heart as his lay brother.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • But just then he happened to recollect the book he had received from the lay brother.

    The Spanish Brothers Deborah Alcock
  • The lay brother did not know whether he was in the monastery at that hour.

    A Lady of Rome F. Marion Crawford
  • But beside Abbot Hans stood the lay brother who had accompanied him.

  • But it was a different matter with the lay brother who accompanied him.

  • This last was the residence of the missionary, who was accompanied by a lay brother.

British Dictionary definitions for lay brother

lay brother

a man who has taken the vows of a religious order but is not ordained and not bound to divine office
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