lay reader

noun

Definition of lay reader 

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

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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, "Newton the Faithful," 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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