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laywoman

[ley-woo m-uh n] /ˈleɪˌwʊm ən/
noun, plural laywomen.
1.
a woman who is not a member of the clergy.
2.
a woman who is not a member of a given profession, as law or medicine.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; lay3 + woman
Usage note
See -woman.
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British Dictionary definitions for laywomen

laywoman

/ˈleɪwʊmən/
noun (pl) -women
1.
a woman who is not a member of the clergy
2.
a woman who does not have specialized or professional knowledge of a subject: a guide for the laywoman
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Word Origin and History for laywomen

laywoman

n.

1520s, from lay (adj.) + woman; probably modeled on layman.

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