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Definition of lay adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    lay

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//leɪ//
     
    see also lie1 [only before noun]
     
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  1. 1not having expert knowledge or professional qualifications in a particular subject His book explains the theory for the lay public.
  2. 2 not in an official position in a church a lay preacher see also layman, layperson, laywoman
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