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[ley-ik] /ˈleɪ ɪk/

Also, laical. lay; secular.
one of the laity.
of or involving the laity; secular
a rare word for layman

1560s, from French laïque (16c.), from Late Latin laicus, from Greek laikos “of or belonging to the people,” from laos “people” (see lay (adj.)).


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