- laymen and laywomen collectively.
- 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. 2018
Related Wordsdilettante, outsider, proselyte, secular, novice, recruit, believer, member, follower, neophyte, parishioner, laic, nonprofessional
Examples from the Web for laypeople
Laypeople tend to regard two successive quarters of negative growth as a recession.The U.S. Economy Had a Hiccup, Not a Heart Attack, This Year
May 29, 2014
While Nest says its products can easily be installed by laypeople, this layperson was easily stymied.How the Nest Thermostat Could Save the Planet
July 25, 2013
Deen may have been known to most laypeople as a television chef and cookbook author.Racism Is a Tough Sell: The Real Reason Everyone Dumped Paula Deen
June 28, 2013
Word Origin and History for laypeople
1972, gender-neutral version of layman.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper