[ ley-pee-puh l ]
/ ˈleɪˌpi pəl /
laymen and laywomen collectively.
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 …
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[ 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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
1972, gender-neutral version of layman.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper