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“Laity” derives from the Greek “laikos”

Posted by Johannes on 1 January 2009

Etymology of “laity”The word laity (the body of religious worshipers, as distinguished from the clergy), comes from the French laite from the late Latin laicus, which is a transliteration of the Greek laikos (of the people; λαϊκός) from laos (people; λαός).


From the same root:
Lay, layman

In modern Greek
a) laos:
people [λαός]
b) laikos: of the people, folk, vulgar [λαϊκός]

Η λέξη laity (οι λαικοί, οι κοσμικοί, το αμύητο κοινό), προέρχεται από το Γαλλικό laite from από το Λατινικό laicus, το οποίο αποτελεί μεταγραφή του Ελληνικού λαϊκός.

laikos –> laicus –> lai –> laite –> –> laity

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