Layman definition

lāmən
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A member of the laity; person not a member of the clergy.
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A common person.
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The definition of a layman is a person who is not a professional in a given field, or a non-ordained member of a church.

A casual handyman who does some projects at home but who is not a professional is an example of a layman.

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Layperson, someone who is not an ordained cleric or member of the clergy.
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By analogy, someone who is not a professional in a given field.

Carmen is not a professional anthropologist, but strictly a layman.

Let me explain it to you in layman's terms.

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A person who is untrained or lacks knowledge of a subject.
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A generally ignorant person.
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Lay-sister or lay-brother, person received into a convent of monks, following the vows, but not being member of the order.
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One who is not a cleric.
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A person not belonging to or skilled in a given profession.

A medical textbook not for the layman.

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One who is a nonprofessional in a given field.

Technical language that is hard for the layman to understand.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
layman
Plural:
laymen

Origin of layman

  • From Middle English lay +"Ž man

    From Wiktionary