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

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Of course, there is also a layperson's theory that usually works. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Twitter unleashes on Trump for Revolutionary War 'airport' flub," 5 July 2019 In the spring of 2018 some of these layperson astronomers contacted Vanderburg and told him to check out HD 139139, a sunlike star roughly 350 light-years away. Adam Mann, Scientific American, "Astronomers Don't Know What to Make of This Incredibly Bizarre Star," 3 July 2019 Whether your a layperson or a professional, the texture, scent, look, and feel of a product are critical. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Amazon wants to make Whole Foods a beauty destination," 2 July 2019 The registration options can, however, confuse a layperson. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, "Want to fly your own drone like Zomato? These YouTubers explain why that won’t be easy," 12 June 2019 The proverbial recreational vehicle, to the layperson passing one on the highway, may seem like an 18-wheeler lumbering beast. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "RVs Are More Efficient Than Ever, Thanks to Eco-Friendly Manufacturing," 15 May 2019 Cardinal DiNardo has asked the pope to approve a full investigation of the matter by the Vatican, working with an independent commission of laypersons. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Faces Crisis of Credibility Over Coverup Accusations," 27 Aug. 2018 On several occasions, priests and Catholic laypersons contacted the Vatican directly to express their concerns about McCarrick’s behavior with his seminarians. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "A Catholic cardinal has weathered sex abuse allegations for years. Now they’re finally public," 29 July 2018 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,, "Better Louisiana government transparency website won't come for free," 20 Feb. 2018

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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