[ ley-woo m-uh n ]
/ ˈleɪˌwʊm ən /

noun, plural lay·wom·en.

a woman who is not a member of the clergy.
a woman who is not a member of a given profession, as law or medicine.

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Words nearby laywoman

Origin of laywoman

First recorded in 1520–30; lay3 + woman

usage note for laywoman

See -woman. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for laywoman

  • It was reasonable to suppose that a laywoman would not succeed where physicians had failed.

  • But when you speak of man acting as a unit he is a layman, but you never say a laywoman.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7.|Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)

British Dictionary definitions for laywoman

/ (ˈleɪwʊmən) /

noun plural -women

a woman who is not a member of the clergy
a woman who does not have specialized or professional knowledge of a subjecta guide for the laywoman
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