- 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
- laymen and laywomen collectively.
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 layperson
My talent is being able to synthesize this information to become understandable to myself and then therefore to the layperson.Suzanne Somers Responds To Critics, Says She Has A Thick Skin
October 30, 2013
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
That phrase you just used—“the joy of science”—for the layperson, that may be a contradiction in terms.Stuart Firestein, Author of ‘Ignorance,’ Says Not Knowing Is the Key to Science
April 22, 2012
Word Origin and History for layperson
1972, gender-neutral version of layman.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper