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layman

[ ley-muh n ]
/ ˈleɪ mən /
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noun, plural lay·men.

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.

RELATED WORDS

parishioner, dilettante, outsider, proselyte, secular, novice, recruit, believer, member, follower, neophyte, laic, nonprofessional

Nearby words

layerage, layered, layering, layette, laying on of hands, layman, layoff, layout, layover, laypeople, layperson

Origin of layman

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at lay3, man1

Usage note

See -man.
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British Dictionary definitions for layman

layman

/ (ˈleɪmən) /

noun plural -men

a man who is not a member of the clergy
a person who does not have specialized or professional knowledge of a subjectscience for the layman
Gender-neutral form: layperson
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Word Origin and History for layman

layman


n.

"non-cleric," early 15c., from lay (adj.) + man (n.). Meaning "outsider, non-expert" (especially in regards to law or medicine) is from late 15c. Related: Laymen.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper