Il·​lyr·​i·​an i-ˈlir-ē-ən How to pronounce Illyrian (audio)
: a native or inhabitant of ancient Illyria
: the poorly attested Indo-European languages of the Illyrians see Indo-European Languages Table
Illyrian adjective

Examples of Illyrian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Viola disguises herself as the boy page Cesario and is tasked by the Illyrian Duke Orsino to woo the Countess Olivia in his stead. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Illyrian was in 1549

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

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