1. The people, as distinguished from the clergy; the body of the people not in orders.
A rising up of the laity against the sacerdotal caste. --Macaulay.
2. The state of a layman. [Obs.]
3. Those who are not of a certain profession, as law or medicine, in distinction from those belonging to it.
n : everyone except the clergy [syn: temporalty] [ant: clergy]