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

  • n. A member of a Buddhist people inhabiting the area of the Mekong River in Laos and Thailand.
  • n. The Tai language of the Lao.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Lao or their language or culture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person of Lao ethnicity.
  • proper n. The official language of Laos (closely related to Thai).
  • adj. Of, from, or pertaining to Laos, the Lao people or the Lao language.

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

  • n. a member of a Buddhist people inhabiting the area of the Mekong River in Laos and Thailand and speaking the Lao language; related to the Thais
  • adj. of or relating to a member of the Buddhist people inhabiting the Mekong river in Laos and Thailand
  • n. the Tai language of a Buddhist people living in the area of the Mekong River in Thailand and Laos

Etymologies

Lao Láo, perhaps from láo, person (unattested sense), third person common-gender pronoun.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Lao ລາວ (laaw). (Wiktionary)

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