Ethiopian

noun
Ethi·​o·​pi·​an | \ ˌē-thē-ˈō-pē-ən How to pronounce Ethiopian (audio) \

Definition of Ethiopian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a native or inhabitant of Ethiopia
2 : a member of any of the mythical or actual peoples usually described by the ancient Greeks as dark-skinned and living far to the south
3 archaic : a black person

Ethiopian

adjective

Definition of Ethiopian (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the inhabitants or the country of Ethiopia
2 : of, relating to, or being the biogeographic region that includes Africa south of the Sahara, southern Arabia, and sometimes Madagascar and the adjacent islands

First Known Use of Ethiopian

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ethiopian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ethiopian. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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