laywoman
noun Date: 1529 a woman who is a member of the laity

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  • laywoman — UK US /ˈleɪwʊmən/ noun [C] (plural laywomen) ► a woman who is not an expert in or does not have a detailed knowledge of a particular subject …   Financial and business terms

  • laywoman — (n.) 1520s, from LAY (Cf. lay) (adj.) + WOMAN (Cf. woman); probably modeled on layman …   Etymology dictionary

  • laywoman — [lā′woom΄ən] n. pl. laywomen [lā′wim΄in] 1. a woman of the laity; woman not a nun, not a member of the clergy, etc. 2. a woman not belonging to or skilled in a given profession …   English World dictionary

  • laywoman — UK [ˈleɪˌwʊmən] / US noun [countable] Word forms laywoman : singular laywoman plural laywomen UK [ˈleɪˌwɪmɪn] / US 1) a woman who is not trained to a high or professional standard in a particular subject 2) a woman who is a member of a Christian… …   English dictionary

  • laywoman — noun a) A woman who is a layperson, one who has not taken a religious oath (such as becoming a nun). Carmen is not a professional anthropologist, but strictly a laywoman. b) by analogy, a woman who is not a professional in a given field …   Wiktionary

  • laywoman — layman, laywoman (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. See laity …   English dictionary for students

  • laywoman — layman * * * laywoman see under layman …   Useful english dictionary

  • laywoman — /lay woom euhn/, n., pl. laywomen. 1. a woman who is not a member of the clergy. 2. a woman who is not a member of a given profession, as law or medicine. [1520 30; LAY3 + WOMAN] Usage. See woman. * * * …   Universalium

  • laywoman — lay|wom|an [ˈleıˌwumən] n plural laywomen [ ˌwımın] 1.) a woman not trained in a particular subject or type of work, especially when she is being compared with someone who is = ↑expert 2.) a woman who is not a priest but is a member of a church …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • laywoman — lay|wom|an [ leı,wumən ] (plural lay|wom|en [ leı,wımın ] ) noun count 1. ) a woman who is not trained to a high or professional standard in a particular subject 2. ) a woman who is a member of a Christian church but not officially employed by it …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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