Lay"man (?) n.; pl. Laymen (). [Lay, adj. + man.]


One of the people, in distinction from the clergy; one of the laity; sometimes, a man not belonging to some particular profession, in distinction from those who do.

<-- used esp. by physicians of those w/o medical training -->

Being a layman, I ought not to have concerned myself with speculations which belong to the profession. Dryden.


A lay figure. See under Lay, n. (above).



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