Definition of layman in English:

layman

nounlaymen

  • 1A non-ordained male member of a Church.

    ‘he was an active Catholic layman’
    • ‘The key to accomplishing this must surely be the biblical training of pastors and active laymen.’
    • ‘In the United States Armenian priests are elected by laymen and ordained by bishops, but confirmed by the Patriarch, who resides in Armenia.’
    • ‘The priests, pastors, and laymen of this religion are the people of America.’
    • ‘Almost immediately, the producers surrendered, agreeing to a strict enforcement of the Code under the administration of a prominent Catholic layman.’
    • ‘A leading layman in the Presbyterian Church, he held for years the post of honorary director of the Union Theological Seminary.’
    • ‘Gradually, the plays moved outside the church, laymen joined the cast, and Latin was replaced by the vernacular.’
    • ‘Renditions from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries show a sequence of discrete scenes, including one in which monks and laymen are assembled before an imposing sculpted icon.’
    • ‘The secular churches were prominent patrons, as were the leading individual laymen and ecclesiastics.’
    • ‘In one story, a layman coming to pray at the church places a money offering at the foot of the cross.’
    • ‘"Frere (au) chapeau" (a brother in a hat) referred to a layman or monk not entitled to a hood when escorting a superior of his religious order.’
    unordained person, member of the congregation, parishioner
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  • 2A person without professional or specialized knowledge in a particular subject.

    ‘the book seems well suited to the interested layman’
    • ‘Third, he made it all accessible to the intelligent layman in simple, lucid English.’
    • ‘Planning law is not easy for laymen to understand, which is evident from your editorial.’
    • ‘But most of it can be understood by the interested layman.’
    • ‘And he explained it to me, broke it down in layman's parlance.’
    • ‘I have to say I was somewhat interested in this film which, I was told, was an attempt to explain quantum physics in layman's terms.’
    • ‘I mean, everything that I found in the library was written, you know, was not in layman's terms, but in medical terms.’
    • ‘You possess greater knowledge than I do; I am but a poorly educated layman eking out an existence.’
    • ‘This book is written in layman's terms and is, in one sense, easy to read.’
    • ‘He doesn't mince words, and he is able to talk about this in layman's terms that everyone can understand.’
    • ‘In layman's terms, that's who got out of the buildings, how they got out, and why.’
    • ‘Very correctly too, because in layman's language it is a job of work everyone, including the firm that carried it our, can be justifiably proud of.’
    non-expert, layman, non-professional, amateur, non-specialist, man in the street, man on the street
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Phrases

    in layman's terms
    • Phrased so as to be easily understood, without the use of technical or obscure terms.

      ‘the seminar will be presented in layman's terms’
      • ‘This work is described in layman's terms in the article.’
      • ‘He loves his job, and he wants to explain in layman's terms the sport's technical side.’
      • ‘For the general public who are intrigued by the mysterious aspects of this practice and its lineage, an explanation in layman's terms will be offered.’
      • ‘To put it in layman's terms, it is just not as funny as it used to be.’
      • ‘What this means in layman's terms is that on average, company values are about 38% lower now than they were 4 years ago.’
      • ‘I had forgotten having told the builder they should be separate from the main contract, or in layman's terms, that I would be "buying them myself".’
      • ‘They will explain things in layman's terms and work with you to not only help you reach the top but understand how you got there as well.’
      • ‘The surgery treated a superior labrum anterior-posterior lesion, which in layman's terms is a type of cyst which caused a build-up of fluid around the nerves in her right shoulder.’
      • ‘While the book is not exactly written in laymen's terms, anyone who has the confidence to select their own stocks should be able to understand its concepts with no problem.’

Pronunciation

layman

/ˈleɪmən/