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

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Recent Examples on the Web Among those on the committee were psychiatrists, therapists, theologians, clergy and other laypeople, Bustos said. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2022 Some trustees are pastors, and others are laypeople; most see the position as a form of church service. The Editors, National Review, 25 May 2022 Starting in the 14th century, two Christian confraternities — associations of laypeople — became affiliated with the Colosseum and began putting on representations of the Passion of Christ. Elisabetta Povoledo,, 12 June 2022 Malcolm remains the authority on psychoanalysis among laypeople who have written on the subject. Ana Cecilia Alvarez, The Atlantic, 1 May 2022 Meanwhile, a process of Church renewal called the Synodal Way has led to formal proposals for laypeople in Germany to take a role in choosing bishops—a change that would alter the Church power structure profoundly. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 20 Feb. 2022 In the face of ever-shifting guidelines, many health experts and laypeople—especially those advocating for particularly vulnerable groups like children who can't yet be vaccinated and people with disabilities—are still urging caution. Serena Coady, SELF, 18 Feb. 2022 Pace's objection last year stemmed from subjecting doctors to criminal penalties, and requiring laypeople on juries to determine whether doctors had followed the law. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 16 Feb. 2022 In the 1960s, when dialysis machines were still rare, a group of seven laypeople were tasked with deciding which patients should receive the lifesaving treatment. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of laypeople

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Laypeople.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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