- 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
Related Words for laymenparishioner, dilettante, outsider, proselyte, secular, novice, recruit, believer, member, follower, neophyte, laic, nonprofessional
Examples from the Web for laymen
Historical Examples of laymen
And the word was invented to distinguish the laymen from the clergymen.
In all these respects they have been regarded as laymen from the beginning.
They will only be admired by artists of perception, and by laymen of keen sensibility.Adventures in the Arts
The Tartars are divided into two grand classes—lamas and laymen.
Laymen, he complained, now "advanced" their own laws rather than those of the Church.Henry VIII.
A. F. Pollard
- 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