Egyptian

adjective
Egyp·​tian | \ i-ˈjip-shən How to pronounce Egyptian (audio) \

Definition of Egyptian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or characteristic of Egypt or the Egyptians

Egyptian

noun

Definition of Egyptian (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a native or inhabitant of Egypt
2 : the Afro-Asiatic language of the ancient Egyptians from earliest times to about the third century a.d.
3 often not capitalized : a typeface having little contrast between thick and thin strokes and squared serifs

First Known Use of Egyptian

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Egyptian was in the 14th century

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“Egyptian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Egyptian. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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Egyptian

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Egyptian

: a person born or living in Egypt
: the language spoken by ancient Egyptians

Egyptian

adjective
Egyp·​tian | \ i-ˈjip-shən How to pronounce Egyptian (audio) \

Kids Definition of Egyptian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to Egypt or the Egyptians

Egyptian

noun

Kids Definition of Egyptian (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person who is born or lives in Egypt
2 : the language of the ancient Egyptians

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