lay reader


Definition of lay reader

1 : a layperson authorized to conduct parts of the church services not requiring a priest or minister

Examples of lay reader in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her portrayals provide the lay reader with an anthropomorphic compass by which to better navigate the biology. Eugenia Bone, WSJ, 7 May 2021 Troy’s portrait of White House rivalries is essential reading for political junkies and lay readers alike. David Mark, Washington Examiner, 8 Mar. 2020 But soon after, lay readers like Marjorie Rice, a San Diego housewife with a high school math education, discovered new tessellating pentagon families beyond those known to Kershner. Quanta Magazine, 11 July 2017 Both the academic and lay reader will appreciate how, in shattering the simplistic Enlightenment account of Newton, the book reveals the flexibility of the great man’s capacious mind. David Davis, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of lay reader

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lay reader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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