plural noun
lay·​peo·​ple | \ ˈlā-ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce laypeople (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web So economists and laypeople alike will have to take Thursday's unemployment rate with a grain of salt. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "America's job market is starting to recover. But don't hold your breath," 2 July 2020 And here comes the common refrain of a company burned by finicky laypeople: Like General Electric, if a deal goes through, Olympus will shift away from consumers. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Is 2020 is the year of companies breaking up with their nostalgia-laden businesses?," 25 June 2020 Catholic leaders and laypeople also supported opposition movements in Nicaragua, Brazil, Chile and other Latin American countries. Anna L. Peterson, The Conversation, "No justice, no peace: Why Catholic priests are kneeling with George Floyd protesters," 15 June 2020 For both experts and laypeople, being able to access dependable health advice has never felt more important, or challenging. Kim Tingley, New York Times, "Coronavirus Is Forcing Medical Research to Speed Up," 21 Apr. 2020 Precision genetic medicine is inscrutable to laypeople, Rogers pointed out. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, "Reiki Can’t Possibly Work. So Why Does It?," 7 Mar. 2020 The news was met with bafflement by doctors and laypeople alike. Lindsay Beyerstein, The New Republic, "What Happened to Jordan Peterson?," 10 Mar. 2020 The result is a highly readable and unified collection of texts that have something to say to lawyers, law students, and laypeople on the left and right alike. Sherif Girgis, National Review, "Neil Gorsuch’s Judicial Humility," 5 Dec. 2019 She was voted in with 64 clergy votes and 118 laypeople. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "First female and openly lesbian bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan ordained," 8 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of laypeople

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jul 2020

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