Definition of laywoman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlāˌwo͝omən/

noun (plural laywomen)

1A nonordained female member of a church: the prayers were led by two priests and a laywoman
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  • At that time I was introduced to a laywoman who was influential in the Catholic church in that electoral district where my brother ran.
  • He will be featuring reports from a priest and a consecrated laywoman who are in Rome and emailing him.
  • She was a tough Aussie laywoman who persevered in faith over the persecution of her hostile bishop.
2A woman without professional or specialized knowledge in a particular subject: to the layman or laywoman, it can appear mysterious
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  • Speaking entirely as a laywoman on these matters, I really enjoyed this film.
  • The latest proposal to undercut the fundamental democratic institution of the jury trial came from an unelected legal laywoman.
  • I appreciate "better living through chemistry" and have a good laywoman's understanding of relevant scientific issues and skepticism.

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Syllabification: lay·wom·an

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