American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A man who is not a cleric.
- n. A man who is a nonprofessional: His is just the layman's view of medicine. See Usage Note at man.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An unprofessional man; a man belonging to the laity or general mass of people, as distinguished from members of the professions of divinity, law, and medicine; specifically, one who does not belong to the clerical profession; more particularly, a church-member who is not a clergyman: also sometimes applied to persons with reference to any other profession or occupation in which they are not expert.
- n. Same as lay-figure, 1.
- n. layperson, someone who is not an ordained cleric or member of the clergy
- n. by analogy, someone who is not a professional in a given field
- n. a common person
- n. a person who is untrained or lacks knowledge of a subject
- n. a generally ignorant person
- n. lay-sister or lay-brother, person received into a convent of monks, following the vows, but not being member of the order
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. A lay figure. See under Lay, n. (above).
- n. someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person
- From Middle English lay + man (Wiktionary)
“Probably took hand in more constitutional questions than anybody in history, and you'll find his decisions always had what I call layman's language in part of them, so they'd understand it.”
“Now, Gentlemen, if our layman is a stockholder, he may figure something like this”
“Thank you for you well thought out and considered reply, I have taken in most of the posts here and elsewhere and the only conclusion I can come to as a layman is “shrug””
“In debate this is called "dropping the argument"; in layman's terms, it means that if you don't address it, you have conceded that your opponent is correct.”
“And that's how we did it, in layman's terms, without getting into the technical aspects of it too deeply.”
“My sense, talking to my friend, though, is that what these guys actually do is so far above anything that is put in layman's terms for my benefit as to almost be an entirely different discipline!”
“Media types: essentially the MIME type that the service provides, as defined by RFC-2046 (in layman terms: photos, videos, text, etc).”
“The best advice is to say what's important first, speak in layman's terms, & just get the word out!”
“Before 2004, you just didn't see many dedicated online review sites and I believe readers were hungry for learning more about the "next big thing" and they wanted it spelled out in layman's terms with short reviews that focused more on plot summary and personal opinions than on a thematic exploration that was then the norm in professional reviews.”
“The Imam and a woman who he identified as "his boss" meaning she was a layman from the mosque congregation, fielded the questions.”
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