Definition of


  1. (noun, person) someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person

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Synonyms of Layman

layperson, secular

Antonyms of Layman


Alternate forms of Layman

Hyponyms: lay reader

Hypernyms: common man, common person, commoner

Origin of the word Layman

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

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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