- a member of the Coptic Church.
- a native Egyptian claiming descent from the ancient Egyptians.
Origin of Copt
1605–15; < Arabic qubṭ, back formation from qubṭī < Coptic kyptios, variant of gyptios < Greek Aigýptios Egyptian
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- a member of the Coptic Church
- an Egyptian descended from the ancient Egyptians
C17: from Arabic qubt Copts, from Coptic kyptios Egyptian, from Greek Aiguptios, from Aiguptos Egypt
Word Origin and History for copht
"native monophosyte Christian of Egypt," 1610s, from Modern Latin Coptus, from Arabic quft, probably from Coptic gyptios, from Greek Agyptios "Egyptian." Arabic has no -p- and often substitutes -f- or -b- for it. Related: Coptic.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper