Definitions

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  • n. A nation; people.
  • n. A country; land; kingdom.

Etymologies

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From Middle English thede, from Old English þēod ("nation, people, tribe, race"), from Proto-Germanic *þeudō (“people, nation”), from Proto-Indo-European *tewtéh₂ (“people”). Cognate with Middle Dutch diet ("people"), Middle High German diet ("people, folk, nation"), Norwegian tjod ("people, nation"), Icelandic þjóð ("people, nation"), Old Irish túath ("tribe, people, tribal territory"), Welsh tud ("region, country, people"), Breton tud ("people"), Cornish tus ("people").

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  • "people", from Old English þēod, akin to Icelandic þjóð.

    November 14, 2008