AskDefine | Define layperson

Dictionary Definition

layperson n : someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person [syn: layman] [ant: clergyman]

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  1. one who is not formally trained in a given subject or profession
    The book was written for professionals, but an intelligent layperson could understand most of it.


one who is not formally trained in a given subject or profession
  • Finnish: maallikko, amatööri
  • Swedish: lekman

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Extensive Definition

The term layman originated from the use of the term laity, but over the centuries, changed definition to mean a person who is a non-expert in a given field of knowledge.
The concept of describing something in layman’s terms has come into wide use in the English speaking world. To put something in layman’s terms is to describe a complex or technical issue using words and terms that the average individual (someone without professional training in the subject area) can understand, so that they may comprehend the issue to some degree. An explicitly gender neutral version of the word is layperson.
In computing science, layperson environment includes easy to use desktop environment and programs.
layperson in Swedish: lekman
layperson in German: Laie
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