[ley-muh n] /ˈleɪ mən/

noun, plural laymen.
a person who is not a member of the clergy; one of the laity.
a person who is not a member of a given profession, as law or medicine.
noun (pl) -men
a man who is not a member of the clergy
a person who does not have specialized or professional knowledge of a subject: science for the layman

“non-cleric,” early 15c., from lay (adj.) + man (n.). Meaning “outsider, non-expert” (especially in regards to law or medicine) is from late 15c. Related: Laymen.


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