Meaning of “lay brother/sister” in the English Dictionary

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"lay brother/sister" in British English

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lay brother/sisternoun [ C ]

uk /ˈleɪ ˌbrʌð.ər/ us /ˈleɪ ˌbrʌð.ɚ/

someone who belongs to a religious group, especially a group living together in a monastery or convent, and who does simple work for the group, such as preparing food

(Definition of “lay brother/sister” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)