Laz·​a·​rus ˈla-zə-rəs How to pronounce Lazarus (audio)
: a brother of Mary and Martha raised by Jesus from the dead according to the account in John 11
: the diseased beggar in the parable of the rich man and the beggar found in Luke 16

Word History


Late Latin, from Greek Lazaros, from Hebrew Elʽāzār

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Lazarus was before the 12th century

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“Lazarus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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