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layman

[ley-muh n] /ˈleɪ mən/
noun, plural laymen.
1.
a person who is not a member of the clergy; one of the laity.
2.
a person who is not a member of a given profession, as law or medicine.
Origin of layman
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English; see lay3, man1
Usage note
See -man.
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layman

/ˈleɪmən/
noun (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
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layman

n.

"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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