Origin of lazar
Middle English, from Medieval Latin lazarus, from Late Latin Lazarus
First Known Use: 14th century
Biographical Note for lazar
Laz·a·rus, \ˈlaz-(ə-)rəs\play Biblical character. Lazarus was a diseased beggar in a parable told by Jesus in the Gospel according to St. Luke. Apparently he was invented only for the purposes of the parable and has no historical basis. During the Middle Ages, however, he acquired the identity of an actual person, becoming in the process St. Lazarus, the patron saint of beggars and lepers.
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