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laypeople

[ley-pee-puh l]
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plural noun
  1. laymen and laywomen collectively.
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layperson

[ley-pur-suh n]
noun
  1. a person who is not a member of the clergy; one of the laity.
  2. a person who is not a member of a given profession, as law or medicine.
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Origin of layperson

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

Usage note

See -person.
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Historical Examples

  • 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

layperson

n.

1972, gender-neutral version of layman.

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