Legal Definition and Related Resources of Layman

Meaning of Layman

Strictly, a person who is not a member of the clergy ; also means a person who is not of a profession such as physicians, dentists, clergymen, lawyers, engineers, etc. Sometimes called a lay person.

Layman Alternative Definition

In ecclesiastical law. One who is not an ecclesiastic nor a clergyman.

Synonyms of Layman


  • amateur
  • civilian
  • laic
  • nonprofessional
  • nonspecialist
  • one who has no specialized training
  • unskilled practitioner
  • untrained person Associated Concepts: lay witness

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English Spanish Translation of Layman

Hombre lego

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This term is a noun.

Etimology of Layman

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non-cleric, early 15c., from lay (adj.) + man; this term is also a noun.. Similar formation in Old Frisian lekman, Danish lægmand. Meaning “outsider, unprofessional person, non-expert” (especially in regards to law or medicine) is from late 15c. Related: Laymen.

Meaning of Layman in the Past

One who is not an ecclesiastic nor a clergyman.[1]


Notes and References

  1. Partialy, this information about layman is based on the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, 1848 edition. There is a list of terms of the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, including layman.

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