Sumerian

noun

Su·​me·​ri·​an sü-ˈmer-ē-ən How to pronounce Sumerian (audio)
-ˈmir-
1
: a native of Sumer
2
: the language of the Sumerians that has no known linguistic affinities
Sumerian adjective

Examples of Sumerian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cue the chemistry Sumerian written history goes back to the 27th century B.C. and more or less ends a millennium later when the civilization collapsed after an invasion by the Elamites. Franz Lidz, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2024 Around the same time as Sumerians, Egyptians had been composing ritual recitations about the sky and the iron (bjA) in it. Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Oct. 2023 The pickup marks the second acquisition for Sumerian’s new film and streaming division, which launched this year. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 31 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Sumerian was in 1878

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Cite this Entry

“Sumerian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Sumerian. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

Sumerian

noun
Su·​me·​ri·​an sü-ˈmer-ē-ən How to pronounce Sumerian (audio)
-ˈmir-
1
: a native of Sumer
2
: the language of the Sumerians that has no known relationships to other languages
Sumerian adjective
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