how to pronounce layman


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layman is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of layman in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… sought-after Higgs boson as a layman I …”

meanings of layman


  1. Lay-sister or lay-brother, person received into a convent of monks, following the vows, but not being member of the order.
  2. Someone who is not a professional in a given field.
  3. Layperson, someone who is not an ordained cleric or member of the clergy.
  4. A generally ignorant person.
  5. A common person.
  6. A person who is untrained or lacks knowledge of a subject.


  1. A surname​.

layman frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word layman occurs in english on average 0.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics layman can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that layman can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) people, society, and culture;

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