a person who is not a member of the clergy; one of the laity.
a person who is not a member of a given profession, as law or medicine.
Origin of layperson
laymen and laywomen collectively.
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Related Words for lay personparishioner, dilettante, outsider, proselyte, secular, novice, recruit, believer, member, follower, neophyte, laic, nonprofessional
noun plural lay persons, lay people, laypersons or laypeople
a person who is not a member of the clergy
a person who does not have specialized or professional knowledge of a subjecta lay person's guide to conveyancing
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1972, gender-neutral version of layman.
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