Ethiopic

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adjective

Ethi·​o·​pic ˌē-thē-ˈä-pik How to pronounce Ethiopic (audio) -ˈō-pik How to pronounce Ethiopic (audio)
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: of, relating to, or constituting Ethiopic
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: of, relating to, or constituting a group of related Semitic languages spoken in Ethiopia

Ethiopic

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noun

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: a Semitic language formerly spoken in Ethiopia and still used as the liturgical language of the Christian church in Ethiopia
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: the Ethiopic group of Semitic languages

Examples of Ethiopic in a Sentence

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Noun
There are versions in Ethiopic, Old Norse, and the langue d’oc. Hari Kunzru, Harper's Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Ethiopic was in 1600

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“Ethiopic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ethiopic. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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Ethiopic

noun
Ethi·​op·​ic
ˌē-thē-ˈäp-ik,
-ˈō-pik
: a language formerly spoken in Ethiopia and still used in church services there
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