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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 ?
So the holy men came to the church; the Bishop and the Prior jesting and laughing between themselves about certain fair dames, their words more befitting the lips of laymen, methinks, than holy clerks.
And why should our Indian friends not have their own conversation?--only I admit it is slow for the laymen whose fate it sometimes is to sit by and listen.
As to adults, laymen that is to say, he had never touched them."
But please look at the laymen who have been overburdened by the increase in utility bills and high prices of oil.
Sy said Vutha asked him and other laymen at the pagoda to assist him in securing the engagement.
Stoyanov confirmed the Presidentas view that there is a battle between lobbyists and aviators and went on saying that there is a battle between laymen and professionals.
However, a third layman from another church complained that the central plan was accompanied by complex procedures that hinder laymen from independently practicing their khidma.
The second paragraph makes mention of Greg Burke being a member of Opus Dei, a "Catholic group of mostly laymen who take religious vows, including celibacy."
The SaMGaMa festival wishes to expose laymen to Indian classical performing arts and also give the many students and performers, who descend on Chennai during the famed music and dance season in December, an opportunity to learn and interact with senior artists and scholars in the field, while getting to see their performances.
CATHOLIC couples will have an opportunity to wed in their churches with married laymen instead of priests officiating.
At a Seminar organized by the Diplomatic Insight and the Pakistan-Norway Association (PANA) in July this year, I had the opportunity to speak about the Scandinavian Laymen's Movement, with the several Revival and Renewal Movements, from the late 1700s and the 1800s.