[ley-pur-suh n]


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

First recorded in 1970–75; lay(man) + -person

Usage note

See -person.


[ley-pee-puh l]

plural noun

laymen and laywomen collectively. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for layperson

1972, gender-neutral version of layman.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper