Southeast Asian land, from the name of legendary founder Lao. Related: Laotian (1861).
Tai people of Southeast Asia, 1882; see Laos. In reference to their dialects, by 1939.
communist guerrilla movement and political party in Laos, 1954, from Laotian Thai, literally "Land of the Lao" (see Laos).
updated on October 10, 2017