from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative or obsolete form of lede.
  • n. People.
  • n. A people, nation, people group.
  • n. A man, person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. People; a nation; a man.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Middle English form of lede.


From Middle English leod ("people"), from Old English lēode ("people, men"; plural of lēod ("person, man")), from Proto-Germanic *liudīz (“people”), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)lewədh- (“man, people”). Cognate with Scots lede ("people"), West Frisian lie ("people"), Dutch lieden ("people") and Dutch lui(den) ("people"), German Leute ("people"), Norwegian lyd ("people"). (Wiktionary)


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