1. a member of the Coptic Church.
  2. a native Egyptian claiming descent from the ancient Egyptians.


  1. a member of the Coptic Church
  2. an Egyptian descended from the ancient Egyptians

“native monophosyte Christian of Egypt,” 1610s, from Modern Latin Coptus, from Arabic quft, probably from Coptic gyptios, from Greek Agyptios “Egyptian.” Arabic has no -p- and often substitutes -f- or -b- for it. Related: Coptic.

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