Ab·​ys·​sin·​i·​an ˌa-bə-ˈsi-nē-ən How to pronounce Abyssinian (audio)
plural Abyssinians
: any of a breed of medium-sized slender domestic cats of African origin with short usually brownish hair ticked with bands of darker color
dated : a native or inhabitant of Abyssinia : ethiopian sense 1
Abyssinian adjective

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Examples of Abyssinian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bragg worshiped at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem as a child, and still does now with his wife and children. Walter Ray Watson, NPR, 19 Apr. 2024 After personally inviting Belafonte to hear a sermon of his at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church in 1956, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. requested private time with him. Reginald Dwayne Betts, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2023 Even the Abyssinian Gospel Choir was blown away by her. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 July 2023 The first was held in January, with proceeds given to the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church located in Durham. Justin Ray, Robb Report, 19 July 2023

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Word History


Abyssinia, kingdom in Africa

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of Abyssinian was in 1703

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“Abyssinian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Abyssinian. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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