Syriac

noun
Syr·​i·​ac | \ ˈsir-ē-ˌak How to pronounce Syriac (audio) \

Definition of Syriac

1 : a literary language based on an eastern Aramaic dialect and used as the literary and liturgical language by several Eastern Christian churches
2 : Aramaic spoken by Christian communities

Other Words from Syriac

Syriac adjective

First Known Use of Syriac

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Syriac

Latin syriacus Syrian, from Greek syriakos, from Syria, ancient country in Asia

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“Syriac.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Syriac. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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