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OTHER SCRIPTS: ລາວ, ເມືອງລາວ (Lao)
PRONOUNCED: LAOS (English)
OTHER FORMS: Lāo
CONTRIBUTOR: anonymous on 4/23/2017
Meaning & History
From a word coined by the French when they united the three kingdoms of Laos into the French Indochina, a group of federal colonial territories in Southeast Asia. They pluralized the word ລາວ (Lāo)
, which refers to the dominant ethnic group the region. The word Lao
itself is of uncertain etymology, though it may be related to the Ai Lao
, a group of related tribes that appear in Han-period records in China
. Alternatively, it could be a monosyllabization of the Austroasiatic word *k.raw
meaning "human being". The Lao People's Democratic Republic is a Southeast Asian nation.