lay·​per·​son | \ ˈlā-ˌpər-sᵊn How to pronounce layperson (audio) \

Definition of layperson

: a member of the laity

Examples of layperson in a Sentence

a meeting between clergy and laypeople
Recent Examples on the Web In the cryptocurrency space, our field of work is highly technical, dense with jargon and often inaccessible to the layperson. Yec, Forbes, 24 June 2021 At nineteen, he was licensed as a pharmacist (his uncle’s occupation), and his stories have occasional references to drugs and medications, many of which can look fictional to a layperson but are apparently accurate. The New Yorker, 28 June 2021 And other negative consequences can come with the increasing dominance of AI that aren’t obvious to the average layperson. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 14 June 2021 This article is aimed at anyone interested in how effective communication works, from a scientist who needs to explain their research to a layperson who wants to predict whether an article will be worth reading. Jv Chamary, Forbes, 31 May 2021 DiNovi said in the statement that Lahart would be replaced on an interim basis by Christian Talbot, a layperson with deep experience in the world of Catholic secondary education., 13 Apr. 2021 Like high fashion, collectible design can sometimes feel like an impenetrable realm to newcomers or the layperson. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 2 Apr. 2021 Still, in various opinions issued Tuesday, the judges in Scott's case allowed that the question might sound odd to a layperson. Larry Neumeister, Star Tribune, 6 Mar. 2021 Proper fit, meanwhile, which is also key, is difficult for the layperson to achieve. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 1 Feb. 2021

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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“Layperson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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