layman

[ley-muh n]
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noun, plural lay·men.
  1. a person who is not a member of the clergy; one of the laity.
  2. a person who is not a member of a given profession, as law or medicine.

Origin of layman

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

Usage note

See -man.
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layman

noun plural -men
  1. a man who is not a member of the clergy
  2. 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 laymen

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.

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