[ ley-pee-puh l ]
/ ˈleɪˌpi pəl /

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


[ 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.

Origin of layperson

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

Usage note

See -person. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lay-people

Word Origin and History for lay-people



1972, gender-neutral version of layman.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper