- 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 layman
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Examples from the Web for layman
Even a layman can see the unconnected letters and the strange angles of the note.The John Edwards Verdict Waiting Game
May 26, 2012
Reading such a thing might convince the layman that getting hammered is healthy for the heart.Is Alcohol Really Good for You?
May 16, 2011
Nuclear jargon has evolved into a code that is indecipherable to the layman.Be Afraid, Very Afraid
March 15, 2011
Was the gentleman” (he chose that word as he looked at the boys) “layman or clerk?The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
But he is wrong when he denies to her a right to a seat in this body as a layman.
Is she a layman in the sense of that word in the Discipline?
As an acolyte, after all, he rated just barely above a layman; he had no powers whatever.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
He had a friend, a layman, who was a good man, belonged to the Army.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
- 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
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