Definition of Copt in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɒpt/


1A native Egyptian in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
Example sentences
  • When Muslim armies invaded Egypt, they were welcomed by the Egyptian Copts as liberators from Byzantine oppression.
  • Outnumbered by the native Copts, they settled just north of the Christian town, within the area of modern Cairo, and dreamed of building a new Islamic city.
  • Moreover, ethnically differentiated people have been lumped together, for example, the Copts and the Berbers are not ethnically the same people.
2A member of the Coptic Church.
Example sentences
  • On the eve of both Christmas day and Easter day, Orthodox Copts break their fast with a variety of dishes made of beef and poultry.
  • The Copts, an indigenous Monophysite Christian church, are the largest and most important minority, some 12% of the population.
  • Aswan was once an important centre for Christian Copts.


From French Copte or modern Latin Coptus, from Arabic al-qibṭ, al-qubṭ 'Copts', from Coptic Gyptios, from Greek Aiguptios 'Egyptian'.

Words that rhyme with Copt

adopt, co-opt, opt

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