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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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  • The lay brother leaned on his besom and drew a long sigh that seemed to come from the depths of his chest.

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

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • The lay brother saw that the lock was fast, and went back to his niche, for he was too sleepy to talk with comfort.

    The Secret Rose W. B. Yeats
  • He could see at once that he was a lay brother of the Order.

  • Its occupants were drowned, and our lay brother, not knowing how to swim, went to the bottom.

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

  • The commissioners turned her out, in that lay brother's costume in which she had gained admittance to the monastery.

    The Ingoldsby Country Charles G. (Charles George) Harper
  • But beside Abbot Hans stood the lay brother who had accompanied him.

  • He sent both monks back to their work, and although he was an old and fragile man, he took with him only the lay brother.

  • The lay brother Ignatius came to him as a friend and as a physician.

    The Ice-Maiden: and Other Tales. Hans Christian Andersen
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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