Also la·i·cal. lay; secular.


one of the laity.

Origin of laic

1555–65; < Late Latin lāicus < Greek lāikós of the people, equivalent to lā(ós) people + -ikos -ic
Related formsla·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for laic

layman, secular

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British Dictionary definitions for laic


adjective Also: laical

of or involving the laity; secular


a rare word for layman
Derived Formslaically, adverblaicism, noun

Word Origin for laic

C15: from Late Latin lāicus lay ³
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Word Origin and History for laic

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

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