(also laywoman or layperson)
noun (plural laymen, laywomen, laypersons, or laypeople)
- 1A non-ordained member of a Church: a council of laymen and priestsMore example sentences
- If the charges are proven by clear and convincing evidence at such a trial, the penalties may include (as a last resort) termination of the layperson's church membership.
- The Archbishop has rejected a decision by his synod to allow laypeople and deacons to preside at Holy Communion.
- My denomination also speaks of four ‘orders’: bishops, priests, deacons and laypeople.
- 2A person without professional or specialized knowledge in a particular subject: the book seems well suited to the interested laymanMore example sentences
- Third, he made it all accessible to the intelligent layman in simple, lucid English.
- There was little evidence of knowledge being transmitted vertically, percolating downwards to the interested layperson.
- And the supporting studies are more accessible to the intelligent layperson than some reports suggest.
More definitions of laymanDefinition of layman in:
- The US English dictionary