An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (nonreligious)
a. lay
Si bien el Estado es laico, la Iglesia ejerce una fuerte influencia.Although the government is lay, the Church has a strong influence.
b. secular
En nuestro país, la educación es gratuita, laica y obligatoria.Education in our country is free, secular, and compulsory.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
2. (someone who is not a member of the clergy)
a. layperson
Esta misa fue compuesta por un laico.This mass was composed by a layperson.
b. layman (masculine)
Juan no es un laico; de hecho, es cura.Juan is not a layman; he's actually a curate.
c. laywoman (feminine)
Ana es laica, pero le interesa muchísimo la vida de las monjas.Ana is a laywoman, but she is very interested in the nuns' way of life.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. lay, secular
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (general)
a. layman, laywoman
laicoa laica
1 (seglar) [+misionero, predicador] lay
ha desempeñado funciones de predicador laico
2 [+estado, educación, colegio] secular
educación laica secular education
España es un estado laico
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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