Definition of layperson in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlāˌpərs(ə)n/

noun (plural laypeople)

1A nonordained member of a church.
Example sentences
  • The church, through its nuns, priests, and laypeople, positions itself in direct opposition to tyranny and oppression.
  • The curriculum sets up a false opposition between a literate (or Latinate) clergy and the illiterate laypeople.
  • Textual and visual sources alike indicate that the passage of laypeople through the screen to participate in services in the choir was hardly a rarity.
unordained person, member of the congregation, layman, laywoman, member of the laity
1.1A person without professional or specialized knowledge in a particular subject.
Example sentences
  • She has an affinity for reduction prints, which, to the layperson, seem inconceivably complex.
  • This is a time-honoured comedy, which, in layperson's terms, means old-fashioned.
  • This is a fine introduction to network theorizing for any layperson interested in keeping up with new developments in science.

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Syllabification: lay·per·son

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