layperson

noun
lay·per·son | \ˈlā-ˌpər-sᵊn \

Definition of layperson 

: a member of the laity

Examples of layperson in a Sentence

a meeting between clergy and laypeople

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The website, called Louisiana Checkbook, would also be updated at least once per month and easy enough for layperson to understand and navigate. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Better Louisiana government transparency website won't come for free," 20 Feb. 2018 Gary Weichselbaum, the Beth Am layperson who's planning this service, thinks having three local Conservative synagogues participate in this program strengthens the community. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Temples plan observances of Tisha B'Av, saddest day in Jewish history," 13 July 2018 What is the main difference between the GC and ESG scores, for a layperson? Erin Arvedlund, Philly.com, "We rank Philly companies on diversity, governance, & transparency. The winners may surprise you," 29 June 2018 Some 640 clergy members and laypersons in the church have written an open letter to the leaders of the two congregations where Sessions, a longtime Methodist, attends church. Gina Martinez, Time, "Hundreds of Methodists Seek to Discipline Jeff Sessions Over Family Separations," 19 June 2018 Royalty or layperson, this is your next date activity. New York Times, "Things to Do in New York: Shakespeare (Drunk or in the Park)," 7 June 2018 For the first time in Denver history, newspapers said then, a layperson’s dead body lay in state in a Catholic church, an honor then reserved for priests and bishops and others of high holy order. Meagan Flynn, ajc, "Former slave, on possible path to sainthood, to be entombed in Denver cathedral," 4 June 2018 Talk about what that is specifically for the layperson. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Former Facebook ad targeting boss Antonio García-Martínez on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 14 May 2018 The challenges posed by our healthcare system can bewilder the average layperson. Guest Columnist/cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Hospice and palliative experts extend family doctor's care at end of life: Dr. Walter George (Opinion)," 15 Apr. 2018

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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layperson

noun
lay·per·son | \ˈlā-ˌpər-sᵊn \

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