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

  • n. Archaic A diseased person; a leper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sufferer of an infectious disease, especially leprosy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person infected with a filthy or pestilential disease; a leper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a loathsome disease; leprous.
  • n. A leper; also, a person infected with any loathsome disease; especially, a beggar so diseased.

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

  • n. a person afflicted with leprosy


Middle English, from Old French lazre, from Late Latin Lazarus, Lazarus, the beggar full of sores in a New Testament parable (Luke 16:20).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the biblical Lazarus (Luke XVI.20). (Wiktionary)



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