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”).
leod (plural leod or leods)
- Alternative or obsolete form of .
- (collectively, obsolete) People.
- (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, outside the Germanic languages, Lithuanian liáudis ‘common people’, Old Church Slavonic l’udъ (Russian люд).