Definition of Layman

1. Noun. Someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person.

Exact synonyms: Layperson, Secular
Group relationships: Laity, Temporalty
Generic synonyms: Common Man, Common Person, Commoner
Specialized synonyms: Lay Reader
Antonyms: Clergyman



Definition of Layman

1. n. One of the people, in distinction from the clergy; one of the laity; sometimes, a man not belonging to some particular profession, in distinction from those who do.

Definition of Layman

1. Noun. layperson, someone who is not an ordained cleric or member of the clergy ¹

2. Noun. by analogy, someone who is not a professional in a given field ¹

3. Noun. a common person ¹

4. Noun. a person who is untrained or lacks knowledge of a subject ¹

5. Noun. a generally ignorant person ¹

6. Noun. lay-sister or lay-brother, person received into a convent of monks, following the vows, but not being member of the order ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Layman

1. a member of the laity [n LAYMEN]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Layman

laying down
laying off
laying on
laying on of hands
laying open
laying out
laying over
laying siege
laying up
laying waste
layings
layins
layland
laylock
laylocks
layman (current term)
laymen
layn
layoff
layoffs
layout
layouts
layover
layovers
laypeople
layperson
laypersons
lays
lays a foundation
lays bare

Literary usage of Layman

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1. Initials and Pseudonyms: A Dictionary of Literary Disguises by William Cushing (1888)
"layman, ADP J'rimt. Letters addressed to a Baptist clergyman on the doctrine of ... layman, A. Edgar Taylor. The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour ..."

2. Initials and Pseudonyms: A Dictionary of Literary Disguises by William Cushing (1888)
"layman, ADP Prime. Letters addressed to a Baptist clergyman on the doctrine ... layman, A. William Falconer. Observations on the words which the centurion ..."

3. Buddhist Legends by Buddhaghosa, Eugene Watson Burlingame (1921)
"Now a certain treasurer, seeing that the layman had come to the door of his shop, became angry and thought to himself, "Here is a layman who, ..."

4. The English Review (1852)
"By Mr. ROGER LAURENCE, a layman of Queen Anne's Time. London: Masters. Tins tract is published with a view of showing that the doctrines on confession now ..."

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