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lazar (arch.) poor or diseased person, esp. leper. XIV(lazre, laser).—(partly through OF. lasdre, mod. ladre) medL. lazarus, use of Lazarus name of the beggar in the parable (Luke 16: 20), ‘full of sores’ — Heb. EleāzārGod (my) help’.
So lazaret (XVII) and lazaretto house to receive ‘lazars’ XVI(slightly earlier lazar house); building set apart for quarantine XVII. — F. lazaret, It. lazaretto.