a labourer, a toiler ...1659 obs.
from Greek κοπιάτης (grave-digger), from κοπιᾶν (to work hard, to toil), from κόπος (kópos) (toil)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1659 - see EXAMPLE below
"...Whether voluntary charity inclined these copiates to this office, or whether they were hirelings and mercenary, I cannot determine; the labour they underwent maketh me suspect them servile, and of the lowest row..."
From: The Alliance of Divine Offices Exhibiting all the Liturgies of the Church of England
- Hamon L'Estrange