Definition of layman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈleɪmən/

noun (plural laymen)

1A non-ordained male member of a Church: he was an active Catholic layman
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  • The key to accomplishing this must surely be the biblical training of pastors and active laymen.
  • In the United States Armenian priests are elected by laymen and ordained by bishops, but confirmed by the Patriarch, who resides in Armenia.
  • The priests, pastors, and laymen of this religion are the people of America.
2A person without professional or specialized knowledge in a particular subject: the book seems well suited to the interested layman
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  • Third, he made it all accessible to the intelligent layman in simple, lucid English.
  • Planning law is not easy for laymen to understand, which is evident from your editorial.
  • But most of it can be understood by the interested layman.


in layman's terms

Phrased so as to be easily understood, without the use of technical or obscure terms: the seminar will be presented in layman’s terms
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  • This work is described in layman's terms in the article.
  • He loves his job, and he wants to explain in layman's terms the sport's technical side.
  • For the general public who are intrigued by the mysterious aspects of this practice and its lineage, an explanation in layman's terms will be offered.

Words that rhyme with layman

Bremen, caiman, Damon, Eamon, laymen, stamen

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