Egyptology

noun

Egyp·​tol·​o·​gy ˌē-(ˌ)jip-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce Egyptology (audio)
: the study of Egyptian antiquities
Egyptological adjective
Egyptologist noun

Examples of Egyptology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Salima Ikram, the head of the Egyptology unit at the ​​American University in Cairo, is cautiously optimistic about the new project. Julia Halperin, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2024 In one episode, when a professor of Egyptology explains the process of mummification to her, Cunk swears that this is the same spa routine that Gwyneth Paltrow uses. Jennifer M. Wood, WIRED, 29 Dec. 2023 The researchers say the site is as old as the first millennium B.C.E., according to a Czech language statement from the Czech Institute of Egyptology (CIE) at Charles University in Prague. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Nov. 2023 Starting and ending in Cairo, every sailing comes accompanied by Viking’s resident Egyptologists—for onboard ancient Egyptology lectures and hyperlocal tours and experiences—and privileged access to some of the country’s most exquisite wonders like King Tut’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Michelle Gross, Robb Report, 13 Nov. 2023 Joyce Tyldesley, a professor of Egyptology at the University of Manchester in England believes that Smenkhkara was a brother or half-brother of Tutankhamun. Zach Zorich, Scientific American, 4 Nov. 2022 He is considered one of Egyptology’s greatest scholars, and his accounts of the find are held at the Griffith Institute at The University of Oxford. Amiah Taylor, Discover Magazine, 28 Sep. 2023 Those efforts are in keeping with a growing trend in Egyptology toward giving Egyptians, once overlooked in the study of their own country’s history, more prominence in the field. Vivian Yee, New York Times, 19 June 2023 If Napoleon, who murdered thousands of Egyptian people and stole their archeological treasures, is lauded as the founder of Egyptology, why shouldn’t a student be able to kill one person to advance his studies? Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Egyptology was in 1841

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“Egyptology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Egyptology. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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