layperson UK US /ˈleɪpɜːsən/ noun [C] (plural laypeople) (also layman (plural laymen))
someone who is not an expert in or does not have a detailed knowledge of a particular subject: »

Any layperson can sit down at this console and begin doing productive work in minutes.


To the layman these rules may seem unnecessarily complex.


Can you explain in layman's terms exactly what your job involves?

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • layperson — n. someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person; a {layman}. Syn: layman. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • layperson — (n.) 1972, gender neutral version of LAYMAN (Cf. layman) …   Etymology dictionary

  • layperson — [n] amateur person, not trained in religious or other profession believer, dilettante, follower, laic, member, neophyte, nonprofessional, novice, outsider, parishioner, proselyte, recruit, secular; concepts 361,423 Ant. minister, ordained, priest …   New thesaurus

  • layperson — [lā′pʉr΄sən] n. a layman …   English World dictionary

  • layperson — UK [ˈleɪˌpɜː(r)s(ə)n] / US [ˈleɪˌpɜrs(ə)n] noun [countable] Word forms layperson : singular layperson plural laypersons or laypeople UK [ˈleɪˌpiːp(ə)l] / US [ˈleɪˌpɪp(ə)l] used instead of layman or laywoman when you want to say that the person… …   English dictionary

  • layperson — lay|per|son [ leı,pɜrsn ] (plural lay|per|sons or lay|peo|ple [ leı,pipl ] ) noun count used instead of LAYMAN or LAYWOMAN when you want to say that the person could be a man or a woman: the layperson (=all laypersons as a group): How would you… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • layperson — noun one who is not formally trained in a given subject or profession The book was written for professionals, but an intelligent layperson could understand most of it. Ant: expert, specialist, professional …   Wiktionary

  • layperson — [[t]le͟ɪpɜː(r)s(ə)n[/t]] laypersons, laypeople (plural) N COUNT A layperson is a person who is not trained, qualified, or experienced in a particular subject or activity. Ant: expert …   English dictionary

  • layperson — noun 1) a prayer book for laypeople Syn: unordained person, member of the congregation, layman, laywoman, member of the laity 2) engineering sounds highly specialized to the layperson Syn: layman, nonexpert, nonprofessional, amateur,… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • layperson — noun Date: 1972 a member of the laity …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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