Ar·​a·​ma·​ic ˌa-rə-ˈmā-ik How to pronounce Aramaic (audio)
: a Semitic language known since the ninth century b.c. as the speech of the Aramaeans and later used extensively in southwest Asia as a commercial and governmental language and adopted as their customary speech by various non-Aramaean peoples including the Jews after the Babylonian exile

Examples of Aramaic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, relatively few Hollywood workers feel at home in Chabad’s traditional services, where prayers are sung exclusively in Hebrew and Aramaic, and must be said out of sight by women, who worship hidden behind a screen. Sonja Sharp, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2023 Barry is one of the bandleaders of this Klex/Mex band, which plays songs in Spanish, Yiddish and, on occasion, in Ladino, a rare and endangered language that blends Hebrew, Aramaic and Old Spanish. The Foretold Team, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aramaic was in 1813

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“Aramaic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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Ar·​a·​ma·​ic ˌar-ə-ˈmā-ik How to pronounce Aramaic (audio)
: a Semitic language of the Aramaeans
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