laywoman

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From lay +‎ -woman.

Noun[edit]

laywoman (plural laywomen)

  1. A woman who is a layperson, one who has not taken a religious oath (such as becoming a nun).
  2. by analogy, a woman who is not a professional in a given field
    Carmen is not a professional anthropologist, but strictly a laywoman.