from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Laypeople considered as a group.
- n. All those persons who are not members of a given profession or other specialized field.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. people of a church who are not ordained clergy or clerics.
- n. the common man or woman
- n. the unlearned, untrained or ignorant as in “The Layman’s Guide to Basket Weaving”
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The people, as distinguished from the clergy; the body of the people not in orders.
- n. The state of a layman.
- n. Those who are not of a certain profession, as law or medicine, in distinction from those belonging to it.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being a layman, or of not being in orders.
- n. The people, as distinguished from the clergy; the body of the people not in orders; laymen collectively.
- n. The people outside of a particular profession, as distinguished from those belonging to it; persons unskilled in a particular art or science, as distinguished from those who are professionally conversant with it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy
Middle English laite, from lay, of the laity; see lay2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin laitas, from Ancient Greek λαός (laos, "people") (Wiktionary)