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[ley-woo m-uh n] /ˈleɪˌwʊm ən/
noun, plural laywomen.
a woman who is not a member of the clergy.
a woman who is not a member of a given profession, as law or medicine.
Origin of laywoman
First recorded in 1520-30; lay3 + woman
Usage note
See -woman. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But when you speak of man acting as a unit he is a layman, but you never say a laywoman.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • It was reasonable to suppose that a laywoman would not succeed where physicians had failed.

    The Sex Side of Life Mary Dennett
British Dictionary definitions for laywoman


noun (pl) -women
a woman who is not a member of the clergy
a woman who does not have specialized or professional knowledge of a subject: a guide for the laywoman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for laywoman

1520s, from lay (adj.) + woman; probably modeled on layman.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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