- laymen and laywomen collectively.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for lay-people
The monks, like the lay-people, are remarkable for their habit of early rising.Buddhism, In its Connexion With Brahmanism and Hinduism, and In Its Contrast with Christianity
Sir Monier Monier-Williams
Word Origin and History for lay-people
1972, gender-neutral version of layman.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper