Definition of Copt in English:

Copt

noun

  • 1A native Egyptian in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

    • ‘Moreover, ethnically differentiated people have been lumped together, for example, the Copts and the Berbers are not ethnically the same people.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2A member of the Coptic Church.

    • ‘Aswan was once an important centre for Christian Copts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Recently, Copts have introduced English into their church services (usually in sermons) to maintain the participation of new generations of American-born Egyptians.’
    • ‘For all these reasons, more than 500,000 Copts are estimated to have left Egypt for the West in the past decade.’
    • ‘It is easier now than in the past to obtain permission to build churches, Coptic Christmas has become a national holiday and Copts hold a number of cabinet-level portfolios.’
    • ‘The Christian Copts, who are said to be pure representatives of the ancient Egyptians, claim them as their own.’
    • ‘It is not strong among some Christian groups like Egypt's Copts, and among certain educated elite.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

Copt

/kɒpt/