lay sister

Origin of lay sister

First recorded in 1700–10
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Examples from the Web for lay sister

Historical Examples of lay sister

  • He paid a dowry for her, and made a nun of her who was already a lay-sister.

  • The lay-sister feared that he could not see Juanita de Mogente.

    The Velvet Glove

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Presently a lay-sister brought refreshments and set the tray on the table without speaking.

    The Velvet Glove

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • In an hour, a lay-sister will come here, I will speak a few words apart to her, and she will tell you to follow her.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • I laughed, and not expecting anything else but an agreeable adventure, I followed the lay-sister and soon found myself here.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt


British Dictionary definitions for lay sister

lay sister

noun
  1. a woman who has taken the vows of a religious order but is not ordained and not bound to divine office
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