Linear B


: a linear form of writing employing syllabic characters and used at Knossos on Crete and on the Greek mainland from the 15th to the 12th centuries b.c. for documents in Mycenaean Greek

Examples of Linear B in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More tantalizing than even the story of Alice Kober’s work on Linear B, for Meiklejohn, was the fact that no one had been able to decipher Linear A, even after a century of study. Andy Greenberg, Ars Technica, 18 Jan. 2024 While it was determined in the 1950s that Linear B was used to jot down ancient Greek, very little is known about what spoken language Cretan hieroglyphics and Linear A were used to record. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 5 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Linear B was in 1950

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“Linear B.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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