1750, from Medieval Latin leudēs (pl., “vassals or followers of the king”), from Frankish *liudi (“people”), from Proto-Germanic *liudiz (“people”), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)lewədh- (“man, people”). Cognate with Old High German liuti (“people, subordinates”), Old English lēod (“chief, man”). More at lede and leod.
- Rhymes: -uːd
- Alternative form of