[ laz-er, ley-zer ]

  1. a person infected with a disease, especially leprosy.

Origin of lazar

1300–50; Middle English <Medieval Latin lazarus leper, special use of Late Latin LazarusLazarus

Other words from lazar

  • laz·ar·like, adjective

Words Nearby lazar Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use lazar in a sentence

  • Skeat postulates a mute vowel by deriving lazar or leper from Eleazer—He whom God assists.

    Archaic England | Harold Bayley
  • The inmates of lazar hospitals were in the habit of begging in the market-places.

    Haunted London | Walter Thornbury
  • He stopped on his way to visit a lazar-house, and help in the care of the lepers.

    Brother Francis | Eileen Douglas
  • Not only did the Turks put him to death, but they decapitated their prisoner, Prince lazar, and all the other chiefs.

  • Over some of our Scotch lazar-houses, chaplains, and religious officers with the high-church title of priors, were placed.

    Archaeological Essays Vol. 2 | James Y. Simpson

British Dictionary definitions for lazar


/ (ˈlæzə) /

  1. an archaic word for leper

Origin of lazar

C14: via Old French and Medieval Latin, after Lazarus

Derived forms of lazar

  • lazar-like, adjective

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