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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Egyptian belonging to or descended from the people of ancient or pre-Islamic Egypt.
  • n. A member of the Coptic Church.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of the Coptic Church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Another spelling of copped.
  • n. A native Egyptian; an Egyptian Christian, especially oue of the sect of Monophysites.
  • n. An abbreviation of Coptic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of the Coptic Church
  • n. an Egyptian descended from the ancient Egyptians

Etymologies

French Copte, from New Latin Coptus, from Arabic Qubṭ, Copts, from Coptic Gyptias, from Greek Aiguptios, an Egyptian, from Aiguptos, Egypt, of Egyptian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French Copte, from Arabic (Egyptian) qufṭ, qubṭ 'Copt', back-formation from qufṭī, qifṭī, qubṭī, qibṭī 'Copts', from Coptic gyptios, kyptaios 'Egyptian', from Late Greek aigyptios, from earlier Aigyptos. More at Egypt. (Wiktionary)

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