lay brother

Origin of lay brother

First recorded in 1670–80
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Examples from the Web for lay brother

Historical Examples of lay brother

  • Converse meant a lay-brother employed as a drudge in a monastery.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • Shall a lay-brother of Malvern stoop to play handy-dandy for favours?

    Long Will

    Florence Converse

  • Then I summoned the lay-brother, and said, coldly, 'Brother Nicomede is gone.'

    Historic Oddities

    Sabine Baring-Gould

  • The lay-brother said he would inquire, and showed them into the parlour.

  • Knin accepted him as a lay-brother and put him to pound rice in the bakery.

    Zen Buddhism

    Arthur Waley


British Dictionary definitions for lay brother

lay brother

noun
  1. 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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