Ti·​gri·​nya tə-ˈgrē-nyə How to pronounce Tigrinya (audio)
: a Semitic language of northern Ethiopia and Eritrea

Examples of Tigrinya in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than half a dozen languages could be heard mixing in the crowd, including Hebrew, English, French, Russian, Arabic and Tigrinya. Etgar Lefkovits, Sun Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2024 Products that might work for people in languages like English -- like Facebook -- are the equivalent of 4chan (a message board known as a safe haven for hate) in my mother tongue, Tigrinya. From Cnn Opinion and As Equals, CNN, 27 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Amharic tïgrïñña, from T ïgray Tigre, Ethiopia

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tigrinya was in 1878

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“Tigrinya.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tigrinya. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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