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Etrus·​can i-ˈtrə-skən How to pronounce Etruscan (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Etruria, the Etruscans, or their language


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: a native or inhabitant of ancient Etruria
: the language of the Etruscans which is of uncertain affiliation

Examples of Etruscan in a Sentence

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By selecting mammals as their theme, the filmmakers of the BBC’s Natural History Unit (NHU) have rich pickings, from the largest animal on Earth, the blue whale, to the tiny Etruscan shrew. Graeme Green, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Apr. 2024 In one extraordinarily beautiful sequence, Arthur and his pals venture into an underground treasure trove full of priceless Etruscan artifacts—including a gorgeous milk-white statue—that haven’t been disturbed for centuries. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2024 Dating to the first century C.E., the altar’s inscriptions mention the sacredness of the hot springs, or source — and are written in both Etruscan and Latin. Elizabeth Heath, Discover Magazine, 17 Feb. 2024 Archaeologists believe this Umbrian estate was once under Etruscan rule, and construction on the present castle is thought to have begun around the year 900. Ann Abel, Robb Report, 19 Dec. 2023 The works included a 2,500-year-old bronze figure of an Etruscan warrior, a terracotta Italian wine flask from 330 B.C. and a cosmetics container in the form of a god from ancient Egypt, according to a news release from the museum. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2023 That city may have been named after the Etruscan god of hell. John Kelly, Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2023 Corner shops can hide Etruscan ruins under their cash registers. WIRED, 28 Sep. 2023 Spoleto, Todi, and Orvieto, inhabited since Etruscan times, are also charming towns well worth visiting. Elisa Carassai, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Aug. 2023
In addition to its seizures at the Met and the Cleveland museum, the New York district attorney’s investigation has confiscated objects from Christie’s; Fordham Museum of Etruscan, Greek, and Roman Art; and from the private collection of longtime Met donor Shelby White. Malcolm Gay,, 5 Sep. 2023

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Word History



Latin etruscus; akin to Latin Etruria, ancient country

First Known Use


1563, in the meaning defined above


1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Etruscan was in 1563

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“Etruscan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a person born or living in ancient Etruria
: the language of the Etruscans
Etruscan adjective

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