layperson

[ ley-pur-suh n ]
/ ˈleɪˌpɜr sən /

noun

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.

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Origin of layperson

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

usage note for layperson

See -person.

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Definition for layperson (2 of 2)

laypeople
[ ley-pee-puh l ]
/ ˈleɪˌpi pəl /

plural noun

laymen and laywomen collectively.
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