Definition of laic in English:



  • Of the laity; secular.

    • ‘As the system reached completion, Catholic schools were not simply sharing in educational growth but actually taking students away from laic teachers.’
    • ‘Only very rarely did a civilian enter the real Government building, which was among the most protected buildings in the world, magical and laic.’
    • ‘Here, as everywhere it is very favourable to congregational schools but generally it does not make open war on laic institutions.’
    • ‘From 1850 until the national legislation proposed by Jules Ferry in 1880 forbade tuition in all public primary schools, a substantially higher percentage of students in Catholic schools paid no tuition compared to those in laic schools.’
    • ‘Catholic schools became more important as alternatives and less important as supplements to laic schools.’
    • ‘Let American Studies go on road shows to institutions of higher learning both laic and religious.’
    earthly, terrestrial, temporal, mundane, mortal, human, non-spiritual, unspiritual, material, materialistic, physical, tangible, carnal, fleshly, bodily, corporeal, gross, sensual, base, sordid, vile, profane
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  • A person who is not a member of the clergy; a layperson.

    • ‘As a married laic whose past is now being exposed in the media, his lawyer suggests psychiatric counseling that can be possibly entered in his defense.’


Mid 16th century: from late Latin laicus (see lay).