laypeople

[ ley-pee-puh l ]
/ ˈleɪˌpi pəl /
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plural noun

laymen and laywomen collectively.

Nearby words

  1. laying on of hands,
  2. layman,
  3. layoff,
  4. layout,
  5. layover,
  6. layperson,
  7. laysan,
  8. layshaft,
  9. laytime,
  10. layton

layperson

[ ley-pur-suh n ]
/ ˈleɪˌpɜr sən /

noun

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

First recorded in 1970–75; lay(man) + -person

Usage note

See -person.

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Word Origin and History for lay-people

layperson

n.

1972, gender-neutral version of layman.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper