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Definition of the noun layman

What does layman mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: laymen

  1. someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person
    • examples: That's a layman's idea. | Much legal language is obscure to a layman. | Here is another quote from Luis Fernando Verissimo: "Never be afraid of trying something new. Remember that a single layman constructed the ark, and a large group of professionals built the Titanic.
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonyms of layman: layperson / secular
    • antonym of layman: clergyman
    • more generic terms: common man / common person / commoner = a person who holds no title
    • more specific term: lay reader = a layman who is authorized by the bishop to read parts of the service in an Anglican or Episcopal church
    • member of: laity / temporalty = in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy

Alternative definition of the noun layman


  1. layperson, someone who is not an ordained cleric or member of the clergy
  2. by analogy, someone who is not a professional in a given field
  3. a common person
  4. a person who is untrained or lacks knowledge of a subject
  5. a generally ignorant person
  6. lay-sister or lay-brother, person received into a convent of monks, following the vows, but not being member of the order


  1. Layman a.k.a. Layperson: A layperson is defined as either a non-ordained member of a church, or a person who is not qualified in a given profession and/or does not have specific knowledge of a certain subject.
  2. Layman is a website.

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Google previewIntroduction to the Mystery of the Church (2014)

by Benoit-Dominique de La Soujeole, OP

layman is a complex order...

The layman is the baptized person who is not a cleric—in other words, who is begotten, and who is served. As one can see, the ...

Google previewAliens: Inhuman Condition (2013)

by John Layman

JOHN LAYMAN is the creator, writer, and letterer of Chew, the New York Times bestselling, Harvey Award and Eisner Award winning cannibalcop comedy series from Image Comics. A former editor at WiIdStorm Productions, John has gone on ...

Google previewOne Century of Karl Jaspers' General Psychopathology (2013)

by Giovanni Stanghellini, Thomas Fuchs

A layman refers to psychosis as ' madness'; ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Country Music (2012)

—Frank and Marty Godbey Zora Layman b. Hutchinson, Kansas, March 12, 1900; d.

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Literature (2013)

by EPUB 2-3

Further Information Sources Richard Layman, Literary Masterpieces: The Maltese Falcon. Manly/Gale Group, 2000. Layman, ed. TheMaltese Falcon:A Documentary Volume. Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 280. Detroit: Bruccoli ...

Google previewThe Kentucky Encyclopedia (2015)

by John E. Kleber

RECEVEUR, BETTY (LAYMAN) The movement for women's rights spread in Kentucky during the postwar period, with suffrage groups springing up in various parts of the state and out-of-state leaders visiting to speak and recruit volunteers.

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The best book on programming for the layman is ""Alice in Wonderland""; but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman. (Alan Perlis)
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Scrabble value of L1A1Y4M3A1N1

The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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