Definition of layman in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈleɪmən
(also laywoman or layperson)

noun (plural laymen, laywomen, laypersons, or laypeople)

1A non-ordained member of a Church: a council of laymen and priests
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  • 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 layman
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  • 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.

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