[ ley-pur-suh n ]
/ ˈleɪˌpɜr sən /


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.

Nearby words

  1. layman,
  2. layoff,
  3. layout,
  4. layover,
  5. laypeople,
  6. laysan,
  7. layshaft,
  8. laytime,
  9. layton,
  10. layup

Origin of layperson

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

Usage note

See -person.


[ ley-pee-puh l ]
/ ˈleɪˌpi pəl /

plural noun

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

Examples from the Web for layperson

Word Origin and History for layperson



1972, gender-neutral version of layman.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper