Hit·​tite ˈhi-ˌtīt How to pronounce Hittite (audio)
: a member of a conquering people in Asia Minor and Syria with an empire in the second millennium b.c.
: the extinct Indo-European language of the Hittites see Indo-European Languages Table
Hittite adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Along with Egypt and Babylonia, the Hittite Empire was one of the major powers of the eastern Mediterranean and Near East during the late Bronze Age. Humberto Basilio, Discover Magazine, 8 May 2023

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Word History


Hebrew Ḥittī, from Hittite ḫatti

First Known Use

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hittite was in 1608

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“Hittite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hittite. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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