: a member of the traditional Monophysite Christian church originating and centering in Egypt
: a member of a people descended from the ancient Egyptians

Word History


Arabic qubṭ Copts, from Coptic kyptios, gyptios Egyptian, from Greek Aigyptios

First Known Use

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Copt was circa 1520

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Cite this Entry

“Copt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Copt. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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