1. the Afroasiatic language of the Copts, derived from ancient Egyptian and attested from the 3d cent. a.d.: now used only in the ritual of the Coptic Church
2. of the Copts or their language or culture
3. of the Coptic Church
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Word origin of 'Coptic'ModL Coptus, earlier Cophtus < Ar Quft, Qift, the Copts < Coptic Gyptios < Gr Aigyptios, Egyptian