Usage Afrikaans, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dhivehi, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Uzbek
Scripts Լաոս(Armenian) Лаос(Belarusian, Bulgarian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Mongolian Cyrillic, Russian, Serbian, Tajik, Ukrainian, Uzbek Cyrillic) ލާއޯސް(Dhivehi) Λάος(Greek) लाओस(Hindi, Nepali) لاوس(Kazakh Arabic)
Pronounced Pron. lah-AWS(Armenian) LA-aws(Dutch, Polish) LOWS(English, Portuguese) LAH-os(English, Finnish, Hindi) LA-AWS(French) lu-OS(Russian) LA-os(Spanish) [key·IPA]
Coined by the French when they united the three historical Lao kingdoms into French Indochina, a former group of colonial territories in Southeast Asia. The name comes from Lao ລາວ (lāo), the ethnic name of Lao people, who were the dominant group in the region. Its etymology is unknown, though it may be from the Austroasiatic root *k.raw meaning "human". This is the name of a country in Southeast Asia.