Definition of laywoman in English:

laywoman

noun

  • 1A nonordained female member of a Church.

    ‘the prayers were led by two priests and a laywoman’
    • ‘She is a United Methodist laywoman and developmental psychologist who specializes in working with ethnic families.’
    • ‘She, or members of her team, visited thirty-eight of the forty-two U.S. theologates that enroll candidates for the priesthood (many of them also serve laywomen and men preparing for ministry).’
    • ‘Two doctoral students in theology - an Evangelical Christian minister and a Catholic laywoman - offered their own thoughts.’
    • ‘She is a journalist, author, and leading Anglican laywoman.’
    • ‘That theory didn't square with the the small print at the foot of Porter's column, which described her as "an Anglican laywoman".’
    • ‘The prayers were led by two priests and a laywoman, all of whom seemed to know what they were doing.’
    • ‘At that time I was introduced to a laywoman who was influential in the Catholic church in that electoral district.’
    • ‘As a Roman Catholic laywoman, my life as a woman, wife, and mother has taken on a new sense of definition.’
    • ‘To complement her 1992 study of laywomen heading parishes, she interviewed twenty laymen throughout 1996-97.’
    • ‘She was a tough Aussie laywoman who persevered in faith over the persecution of her hostile bishop.’
    • ‘He will be featuring reports from a priest and a consecrated laywoman who are in Rome and emailing him.’
    • ‘We laywomen were able to learn about that and challenge it, she said.’
    • ‘Millions of laymen and laywomen stand ready to bear witness to the gospel.’
    • ‘Many sisters were also unable to articulate how being a sister-teacher or a sister-nurse differed from being a laywoman in a similar occupation.’
    • ‘We will be featuring reports from a priest and a consecrated laywoman who are in Rome.’
    • ‘He is also noted as supervising a translation of the New Testament into English for a devout laywoman.’
    • ‘To the layman or laywoman, it can appear mysterious.’
    • ‘The speaker at that occasion challenged clergywomen and laywomen to develop their own support system; as a result, Southern Baptist Women in Ministry was founded.’
    • ‘The leader of the center is a laywoman.’
    • ‘She distinguishes three categories of religious women: nuns, evangelical women, and Catholic laywomen and women from established churches.’
    • ‘For laywomen and laymen everywhere, that they may not be tempted by despair and cynicism, and that they may become a source of strength and help to the church in its reflection of the values of the gospel; let us pray to the Lord.’
    • ‘But that theory didn't square with the the small print at the foot of her column, which described her as ‘an Anglican laywoman.’’
    • ‘At that time I was introduced to a laywoman who was influential in the Catholic church in that electoral district where my brother ran.’
    • ‘If a layman or laywoman received Mass, it was in the form of the wafer of the host only, and as a result the chalice became an object of almost superstitious reverence.’
    • ‘I attended a holy union two years ago that was facilitated by two United Methodist laywomen.’
    • ‘She spent the next ten years living as a laywoman again, but still managed to act like a good member of her Order.’
    • ‘I had known about spiritual companionship for a long while but had felt that it was for those who were 'holier', not for me, an ordinary laywoman.’
    • ‘Forty-four percent of the principals of these schools were laywomen, 13 percent were laymen, and 40 percent were religious sisters.’
    • ‘Saints, mystics, spiritual writers, priests, nuns, and quintessential laywomen are well represented.’
    • ‘But we separate monks, nuns, laymen and laywomen.’
    • ‘We remain equally grateful to laywomen, who may or may not serve as deacons, who continue to play leadership roles in local churches, our colleges and seminaries, and our larger Baptist organizations and boards.’
  • 2A woman without professional or specialized knowledge in a particular subject.

    ‘to the layman or laywoman, it can appear mysterious’
    • ‘As a laywoman, I enjoy the BBC commentators, because they actually tell you what the skills are called!’
    • ‘I appreciate "better living through chemistry" and have a good laywoman's understanding of relevant scientific issues and skepticism.’
    • ‘Incremental costs for this type of intervention are judged to be low, and mainly related to cost for the laywoman facilitator.’
    • ‘Speaking entirely as a laywoman on these matters, I really enjoyed this film.’
    • ‘The latest proposal to undercut the fundamental democratic institution of the jury trial came from an unelected legal laywoman.’
    • ‘I am an absolute medical laywoman, but it was always fun to read about how they butchered medical technique or diagnosis this week.’

Pronunciation

laywoman

/ˈlāˌwo͝omən//ˈleɪˌwʊmən/