1. [syn: layman, layperson, secular]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Layman \Lay"man\n.; pl. Laymen. [Lay, adj. + man.]
1. 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.
Being a layman, I ought not to have concerned myself
with speculations which belong to the profession.
2. A lay figure. See under Lay, n. (above). --Dryden
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person
[syn: layman, layperson, secular] [ant: clergyman,
man of the cloth, reverend]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
LAYMAN, eccl. law. One who is not an ecclesiastic nor a clergyman.