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Egyp·​tian i-ˈjip-shən How to pronounce Egyptian (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Egypt or the Egyptians


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

Examples of Egyptian in a Sentence

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Here's a breakdown of the Passover story that may be appropriate for telling children: Over 3000 years ago, a wicked Egyptian king forced the ancient Jewish people (the Israelites) to toil in the heat constructing buildings and carrying massive bricks. Holly Rizzuto Palker, Parents, 17 Sep. 2023 Her top picks include memory foam mattresses, Egyptian cotton bedding, stylish nightstands, and more. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 17 Sep. 2023 The Frame owners can also display ancient artifacts such as an Egyptian wedjat eye amulet (ca. Chris Welch, The Verge, 15 Sep. 2023 Two Egyptian men learned from friends that their uncles were missing. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2023 With its popularity sinking amid a deep economic crisis, the Egyptian government has made some nominal gestures toward greater political inclusiveness. Vivian Yee, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2023 In Egypt, the government buried 87 Egyptian victims who died in Libya, according to the country’s emigration ministry. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 13 Sep. 2023 Much of Philae’s graffiti consists of prayers and names in Demotic script, a form of Egyptian writing that succeeded hieroglyphics, used primarily by priests and officials in an era when few people could read and write. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 Under a deal inked in June 2022 with Israel and the European Union, Israeli gas was also supplied to Egyptian plants to be converted into liquid form and sent to Europe. Heba Farouk Mahfouz, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023
Their Moderne vision blended Egyptian, Mediterranean Revival and Spanish styles into an immense elliptical bowl with a peristyle court at its eastern end. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2023 Wadi Halfa, which normally has a population of few tens of thousands, is also flooded by huge crowds of Sudanese men, women and children who do have their passports but must apply for visas at the Egyptian Consulate in the town to cross the border. Samy Magdy, ajc, 16 June 2023 Via email, the chief of the Egyptian Antiquities Service’s foreign missions informed the Dutch archaeological team that they were no longer allowed to excavate at the site, which the museum has been doing on an annual basis for the past 50 years. Rayna Reid Rayford, Essence, 15 June 2023 The American Cinematheque ceremony serves as the annual fundraiser for the nonprofit and helps buoy year-round programming at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, Los Feliz 3 Theatre in Los Feliz and Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 June 2023 Hamas, the larger militant group that controls Gaza, said Wednesday afternoon that its political chief, Ismail Haniya, had received phone calls from Egyptian, Qatari and United Nations officials. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, 10 May 2023 And, be on the lookout for the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, which should open sometime in 2023. Elizabeth Preske, Travel + Leisure, 29 Apr. 2023 While the Sudanese Armed Forces said 177 Egyptian Air Force members had been repatriated from the Dongola airport in four Egyptian military transport planes, other nations are still evaluating how best to access their citizens. Mohammed Alamin,, 20 Apr. 2023 Meanwhile, Hollywood’s historic Egyptian is also getting an extensive update courtesy of new owner Netflix, which took over from the American Cinematheque. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 19 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Egyptian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


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