From Old High German liutī, also liudī, from Proto-Germanic *liudīz (“people”), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)lewədh- (“man, people”). Compare Dutch lieden (“people”), Old Norse lýðir (“people”) (whence Icelandic lýður), Old Saxon liudi, Old English lēode (“people”), Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐌿𐌸𐍃 (liuþs), Russian люди (ljudi), Bulgarian люде (ljude). More at leod.
- Leut (colloquial or poetic)
Leute (plural only, diminutive Leutchen)
- people (several single persons or humanity in general)
- A backformed singular der or das Leut, meaning “a person”, may be heard in colloquial speech. It is rare and usually humorous.
- Leute in Duden online