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 for layman
From 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.
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              Being a layman, I ought not to have concerned myself
              with speculations which belong to the profession.
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     2. A lay figure. See under Lay, n. (above). --Dryden
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From 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]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  LAYMAN, eccl. law. One who is not an ecclesiastic nor a clergyman. 

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