- 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
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Examples from the Web for lazar
I urged Lazar to get his eyes back on the road, if indeed he could see it, and asked why the subject was taboo.
Lazar never minded, he would just say, “OK, how much will you give me for Gene Kelly then?”
On the Dissolution of the Monasteries, all these lazar houses were suppressed.The History of London
Lazar assured me, we should, most infallibly, be attacked on the road.The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck
Lazar was taken prisoner and was brought to the Sultans tent.The Turkish Empire, its Growth and Decay
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
- an archaic word for leper
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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