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[ley-pur-suh n] /ˈleɪˌpɜr sən/
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.
Origin of layperson
1970-75; lay(man) + -person
Usage note
See -person.


[ley-pee-puh l] /ˈleɪˌpi pəl/
plural noun
laymen and laywomen collectively. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for layperson
  • It contains information for the layperson as well as databases of published studies, including human clinical trials.
  • The new book is even more dense and less accessible to the layperson, but the renewed controversy will help sell it.
  • He expresses himself in metaphors easily grasped by the layperson.
  • Oh, and the number of critical issues on the table was similarly small and easily understood by a layperson.
  • Their new book, to be published later this year, explains everything a layperson might need to know about fair division.
  • Such a presentation must be immensely confusing to a novice or a layperson.
  • He posted that stuff below the image specifically so you could see why, as a layperson, he reached that conclusion.
  • The average layperson does not know the distinction.
  • He describes the double-helix structure itself and how the model came about, in easy layperson terminology.
  • But the facts are, it is the layperson's lack of understanding of science that is the problem.
British Dictionary definitions for layperson

lay person

noun (pl) lay persons, lay people, laypersons, laypeople
a person who is not a member of the clergy
a person who does not have specialized or professional knowledge of a subject: a lay person's guide to conveyancing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for layperson

1972, gender-neutral version of layman.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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