What does layman mean?

Definitions for layman
ˈleɪ mənlay·man

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. layman, layperson, secularnoun

    someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person


  1. laymannoun

    layperson, someone who is not an ordained cleric or member of the clergy

  2. laymannoun

    by analogy, someone who is not a professional in a given field

  3. laymannoun

    a common person

  4. laymannoun

    a person who is untrained or lacks knowledge of a subject

  5. laymannoun

    a generally ignorant person

  6. laymannoun

    lay-sister or lay-brother, person received into a convent of monks, following the vows, but not being member of the order

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Laymannoun

    Etymology: lay and man.

    Laymen will neither admonish one another themselves, nor suffer ministers to do it. Government of the Tongue.

    Since a trust must be, she thought it best
    To put it out of laymens pow’r at least,
    And for their solemn vows prepar’d a priest. Dryden.

    Where can be the grievance, that an ecclesiastical landlord should expect a third part value for his lands, his title as antient, and as legal, as that of a layman, who is seldom guilty of giving such beneficial bargains. Jonathan Swift.

    You are to have a layman almost as big as the life for every figure in particular, besides the natural figure before you. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Laymannoun

    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

  2. Laymannoun

    a lay figure. See under Lay, n. (above)

  3. Etymology: [Lay, adj. + man.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Layman is ranked #3556 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Layman surname appeared 10,038 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Layman.

    94.5% or 9,494 total occurrences were White.
    1.8% or 182 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 141 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 89 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.7% or 73 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 59 total occurrences were Black.

Anagrams for layman »

  1. amylan

  2. lamany

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of layman in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of layman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of layman in a Sentence

  1. Anonymous:

    The best book on programming for the layman is Alice in Wonderland but that's because it's the best book on anything for layman.

  2. Kai Tarkianen:

    ( It's) a layman's sport, anybody with a license can come up.

  3. Uta Hagan:

    More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic.

  4. Colin Hanks:

    There's much bigger issues here and we wanted to be able to discuss those and explain it in a way that any layman could understand, that it could be entertaining but also informative.

  5. George Filenko:

    In layman’s terms, the weapon could have been fired by Lt. Gliniewicz or he could have been in close proximity of the weapon being fired.

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    be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.
    • A. disturb
    • B. distinguish
    • C. acclaim
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