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[laz-er, ley-zer] /ˈlæz ər, ˈleɪ zər/
a person infected with a disease, especially leprosy.
Origin of lazar
1300-50; Middle English < Medieval Latin lazarus leper, special use of Late Latin Lazarus Lazarus
Related forms
lazarlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • On the Dissolution of the Monasteries, all these lazar houses were suppressed.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • lazar assured me, we should, most infallibly, be attacked on the road.

  • lazar was taken prisoner and was brought to the Sultans tent.

  • And one of them croaked, and the other cried, "Is this the tower of the mighty lazar?"

    Through the Land of the Serb Mary Edith Durham
  • The inmates of lazar hospitals were in the habit of begging in the market-places.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • "You'll get your credits," lazar snarled, frustration in his eyes.

    Spies Die Hard! Arnold Marmor
  • lazar returned to the house, knocked the ashes out of his pipe and refilled it.

    The Graysons Edward Eggleston
  • Bob had wanted to ask this question, but he wished to let Uncle lazar begin.

    The Graysons Edward Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for lazar


an archaic word for leper
Derived Forms
lazar-like, adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Old French and Medieval Latin, after Lazarus
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Word Origin and History for lazar

"filthy beggar, leper," c.1300, from Medieval Latin lazarus "leper," from the Biblical name (see Lazarus).

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