Definition of layman in English:


Syllabification: lay·man
Pronunciation: /ˈlāmən

noun (plural laymen)

  • 1A nonordained member of a church.
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    • He was an active Catholic layman and served as figurehead president of the Empire State Building Corporation headed by a prominent Democrat.
    • Well, a chaplain, by anybody's dictionary, is a person - clergyman or layman - who conducts a service in a chapel.
    • Recognizing I am no more qualified to deal with this subject than any Christian layman, I am turning to the opinions of the Rev.
  • 2A person without professional or specialized knowledge in a particular subject: the book seems well suited to the interested layman
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    • Yet politicians, bureaucrats, professionals and layman alike have immense faith in him.
    • For professional and layman alike, this thoughtful and accessible volume is a good place to start.
    • This is an excellent summary of the state of research in this area - or at least it appears so to this interested layman.

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