lay brother


noun

a man who has taken religious vows and habit but is employed by his order chiefly in manual labor.

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Origin of lay brother

First recorded in 1670–80
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lay brother

noun

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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