[ ley-pur-suh n ]
/ ˈleɪˌpɜr sən /
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.
Lay vs. LieThe difference between the verbs lay and lie is one of English’s thornier cases of confusion. Both words involve something or someone in a horizontal position, but where the two words deviate has to do with who or what is horizontal—the subject of the verb (the one doing the action) or the direct object (the person or thing being acted upon). When to use lay …
Definition for lay person (2 of 2)
[ ley-pee-puh l ]
/ ˈleɪˌpi pəl /
laymen and laywomen collectively.
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British Dictionary definitions for lay person
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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Word Origin and History for lay person
1972, gender-neutral version of layman.
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