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Definition of Layman


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

Layman Quotations

More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic.
Simone Weil

I am no theologian. I am a layman. I am among those who are preached to, and who listen. It is not for me to preach. I should not willingly forego being a listener, a man who reads the Gospels and then listens to what others say that our Lord meant. But sometimes a listener speaks out, and listens to his own voice.
Haniel Long

His head was boiled, impaled upon a pole and raised above London Bridge. So ended the life of Thomas More, one of the few Londoners upon whom sainthood has been conferred and the first English layman to be beatified as a martyr.
Peter Ackroyd

I'm a bit of a layman physics junkie. I don't really understand it, but I love trying to understand it.
Laura San Giacomo

It's terrifying the way molecular biology has become more and more jargon ridden. But I strongly believe that my book can be read by the intelligent layman. I want everyone who bought a copy of 'A Brief History of Time' to buy a copy of 'Genome'.
Matt Ridley
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Layman Translations

layman in Afrikaans is leek
layman in Dutch is leek, niet-ingewijde
layman in French is profane
layman in German is Laie
layman in Italian is laico
layman in Norwegian is lekmann
layman in Spanish is lego
layman in Swedish is lekman
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