lay brother

A layman who is a member of a brotherhood without the intention to become a priest.

In feudal days lay brothers were usually uneducated commoners, who did most menial, manual labor while the learned priestly monks held the more spiritual jobs

See Also: brotherly, laicity

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  • Lay brother — Lay Lay, a. [F. lai, L. laicus, Gr. ? of or from the people, lay, from ?, ?, people. Cf. {Laic}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the laity, as distinct from the clergy; as, a lay person; a lay preacher; a lay brother. [1913 Webster] 2. Not educated or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lay brother — n. Eccles. a member of a clerical religious order or congregation who is not a priest or a clerical student …   English World dictionary

  • Lay brother — In the most common usage, lay brothers are those members of Catholic religious orders, particularly of monastic orders, occupied primarily with manual labour and with the secular affairs of a monastery or friary, in contrast to the choir monks of …   Wikipedia

  • lay brother — (or lay sister) noun a person who has taken the vows of a religious order but is not ordained and is employed in ancillary or manual work …   English new terms dictionary

  • lay brother — /ˈleɪ brʌðə/ (say lay brudhuh) noun a man who has taken religious vows and habit, but is employed chiefly in manual work …   Australian English dictionary

  • lay brother — a man who has taken religious vows and habit but is employed by his order chiefly in manual labor. [1670 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • LAY BROTHER —    a member of a monastery under the three monastic vows, but not in holy orders …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Lay brother — member of a religious order who is not bound to the recitation of the divine office and is occupied in manual work, generally adult converts to the monastic life; also known as conversi …   Medieval glossary

  • lay brother — a man who has taken religious vows and habit but is employed by his order chiefly in manual labor. [1670 80] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lay-brother Rock — (coord|60|34|S|46|13|W|) is a rock 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) southwest of Despair Rocks and 7 nautical miles (13 km) northwest of Route Point, off the west end of Coronation Island in the South Orkney Islands. Charted and named by DI personnel on …   Wikipedia

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