Definition of lay adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//leɪ//
    ; NAmE 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. 2not in an official position in the Church a lay preacher
  3. see also layman, layperson, laywoman
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lay