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Etymology of laity

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, from 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]

OED

Η λέξη laity (οι λαικοί, οι κοσμικοί, το αμύητο κοινό), προέρχεται από το Γαλλικό laite from από το Λατινικό laicus, από το ελληνικό λαϊκός.

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