From Middle English leod (“people”), from Old English lēode ("people, men"; plural of lēod (“person, man”)), from Proto-Germanic *liudīz (“people”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁lewdʰ- (“man, people”). Cognate with Scots lede (“people”), West Frisian lie (“people”), Dutch lieden (“people”) and Dutch lui(den) (“people”), German Leute (“people”), Norwegian lyd (“people”), Polish lud (“people”), Russian люди (ljudi, “people”).
leod (plural leod or leods)
- (collectively, obsolete) People, folk.
- (obsolete) A people, nation, people group.
- (obsolete) A man, person.
leod (plural ledes)
Closely related to lēode and lēodan. From Proto-Germanic *liudiz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁lewdʰ- (“men, people”). Cognates include Old High German liut, Old Norse ljōðr, and West Frisian -lju; and, outside the Germanic languages, Lithuanian liáudis (“common people”), Proto-Slavic *ľudъ (Russian люд (ljud)).
- a people, people group, nation
- (in compounds) one's own people; home
- Alternative form of