layperson

[ley-pur-suh n]
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noun
  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 layperson

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

Usage note

See -person.

laypeople

[ley-pee-puh l]
plural noun
  1. laymen and laywomen collectively.
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Word Origin and History for layperson
n.

1972, gender-neutral version of layman.

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