Definition of layperson in US English:


nounPlural laypeople

  • 1A nonordained member of a church.

    • ‘Textual and visual sources alike indicate that the passage of laypeople through the screen to participate in services in the choir was hardly a rarity.’
    • ‘He informed her that it was not permissible that a layperson possess such an important relic.’
    • ‘Most laypeople did not attend Mass aside from the major feasts.’
    • ‘The curriculum sets up a false opposition between a literate (or Latinate) clergy and the illiterate laypeople.’
    • ‘The layperson responsible for keeping things in ritual order in the synagogue points out two Russian seniors to Mark.’
    • ‘In the central bay stands the altar at which laypeople attended Mass.’
    • ‘The church, through its nuns, priests, and laypeople, positions itself in direct opposition to tyranny and oppression.’
    • ‘If most laypeople of the thirteenth century were not directly familiar with Augustine's statement in the City of God that "works of mercy are performed for no other reason than so that we may be freed from misery and, thereby, be happy," certainly they were no strangers to the idea.’
    • ‘The decision followed calls from priests and Catholic laypeople for him to stand down over his handling of the scandal.’
    unordained person, member of the congregation, parishioner
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    1. 1.1 A person without professional or specialized knowledge in a particular subject.
      • ‘The result is that he jumps to easy conclusions, something intelligent laypeople are not likely to trust.’
      • ‘It focusses on topics so remote from everyday concerns that, from a layperson's perspective, they can seem pointless.’
      • ‘She has an affinity for reduction prints, which, to the layperson, seem inconceivably complex.’
      • ‘The 30-year-old company president says his aim was to make space-age technology not just available but acceptable to laypeople.’
      • ‘When you talk to laypeople, what don't they understand about what bandwidth means and what it can became?’
      • ‘This is an argument from the field of descriptive linguistics, made for a rhetorical audience of laypeople.’
      • ‘This book is a compromise of sorts: not quite scholarly, yet not quite accessible to the layperson.’
      • ‘This is a time-honoured comedy, which, in layperson's terms, means old-fashioned.’
      • ‘To the layperson it's gobbledygook unless, firstly, you know your law, and, secondly, you know the business.’
      • ‘He observed that if a naturalist walks through a forest, they would see things that no layperson would see.’
      • ‘This is a fine introduction to network theorizing for any layperson interested in keeping up with new developments in science.’
      • ‘Savvy laypeople will see through these broad brush strokes, thus undermining the credibility of the experimental method.’
      non-expert, layman, non-professional, amateur, non-specialist, man in the street, man on the street
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