layman


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lay·man

 (lā′mən)
n.
1. One who is not a cleric.
2. One who is a nonprofessional in a given field. technical language that is hard for the layman to understand. See Usage Note at man.

layman

(ˈleɪmən)
n, pl -men
1. a man who is not a member of the clergy
2. a person who does not have specialized or professional knowledge of a subject: science for the layman.
Gender-neutral form: layperson

lay•man

(ˈleɪ mən)

n., pl. -men.
1. a person who is not a member of the clergy.
2. a person who is not a member of a given profession, as law or medicine.
[1150–1200]
usage: See -man.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.layman - someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person
laity, temporalty - in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy
common man, common person, commoner - a person who holds no title
lay reader - a layman who is authorized by the bishop to read parts of the service in an Anglican or Episcopal church
clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church

layman

noun nonprofessional, amateur, outsider, lay person, non-expert, nonspecialist There are basically two types, called, in layman's terms, blue and white asbestos.
Translations
عِلْماني
laik
lægmand
maallikko
laikus
leikmaîur
laik
laikamatér
rahip sınıfından olmayan kimseuğraş dışı kimse

layman

[ˈleɪmən] N (laymen (pl))
1. (Rel) → seglar mf, lego/a m/f
2. (fig) → profano(a) m/f, lego(a) m/f
in layman's termspara entendernos, para los profanos en la materia

layman

[ˈleɪmən] n
(= non-expert) → profane m
in layman's terms → en langage de tous les jours, en termes profanes
(= non-ordained church member) → laïque m

layman

[ˈleɪmən] n (-men (pl)) (Rel) → laico (fig) (non-professional) → profano

lay3

(lei) adjective
1. not a member of the clergy. lay preachers.
2. not an expert or a professional (in a particular subject). Doctors tend to use words that lay people don't understand.
ˈlayman noun
a lay person.
References in classic literature ?
His life, before he came to Raveloe, had been filled with the movement, the mental activity, and the close fellowship, which, in that day as in this, marked the life of an artisan early incorporated in a narrow religious sect, where the poorest layman has the chance of distinguishing himself by gifts of speech, and has, at the very least, the weight of a silent voter in the government of his community.
If Heaven bore with the whole nation of stiff-necked unbelievers for more years than a layman can number, we may endure the presence of one Jew for a few hours.
As the eyes of the layman so is the hand of the fighting man when it comes in contact with an implement of his vocation, and thus I did not need to look or reason to know that the dead man's revolver, lying where it had fallen when I struck it from his grasp, was at my disposal.
I cannot agree with the painters who claim superciliously that the layman can understand nothing of painting, and that he can best show his appreciation of their works by silence and a cheque-book.
They looked upon him, as painters often do writers, with contempt because he was a layman, with tolerance because he practised an art, and with awe because he used a medium in which themselves felt ill-at-ease.
Truly, good Lord Bishop, many a knight and burgher, clerk and layman, have danced to my music, willy-nilly, and most times greatly against their will; such is the magic of my harping.
Why does he not bring out his book, instead of marrying," said Sir James, with a disgust which he held warranted by the sound feeling of an English layman.
If I could live to return to civilization, I should have meat for the clergy and the layman to chew upon for years--and for the evolutionists, too.
There really are no bounds to the credulity and ignorance of the average layman.
But," he said in conclusion, "there is no convincing a layman of the matter contained on your shelves.
And for the other man neither priest nor layman moved him at all.
But it was quite a natural suggestion for a layman to make.