cuneiform

adjective
cu·​ne·​i·​form | \ kyü-ˈnē-ə-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce cuneiform (audio) , ˈkyü-n(ē-)ə- How to pronounce cuneiform (audio) \

Definition of cuneiform

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having the shape of a wedge
2 : composed of or written in wedge-shaped characters cuneiform syllabary

cuneiform

noun

Definition of cuneiform (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a cuneiform part specifically : a cuneiform bone or cartilage
2 : cuneiform writing

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cuneiform 2

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Examples of cuneiform in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The recent return results from years of effort and includes thousands of cuneiform tablets, ancient seals, and other items. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Sep. 2021 Federal authorities have taken ownership of a rare cuneiform tablet that craft company Hobby Lobby purchased in 2014 for the Museum of the Bible, a legal move that closes the latest chapter in the ongoing saga of the museum’s problematic collection. Washington Post, 29 July 2021 Those artifacts are among a half-million or so cuneiform tablets in museum collections around the world and are of interest to scholars and researchers. Washington Post, 29 July 2021 Beneath that are cuneiform writings on clay tablets, from between 3,000 to 2,000 BCE. Cody Delistraty, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2021 Telling an aspiring writer to privilege crisp dialogue and an interior sense of character is like insisting toddlers study cuneiform before learning their ABCs. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2021 Bream consulted some university professors and learned to write some characters in cuneiform, creating pictures for chapters. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 6 Mar. 2021 Its impact will be equal to the invention of the internet and cuneiform. Kian Bakhtiari, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2021 The Sumerians, who first put stylus to stone more than 5,000 years ago, used the star symbol to denote a king or a god on cuneiform tablets. Cory Oldweiler, Star Tribune, 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of cuneiform

Adjective

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cuneiform

Adjective

probably from French cunéiforme, from Middle French, from Latin cuneus + Middle French -iforme -iform

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The first known use of cuneiform was in 1677

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“Cuneiform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cuneiform. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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cuneiform

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cuneiform

: relating to or written in a system of writing used in parts of the ancient Middle East

cuneiform

adjective
cu·​ne·​i·​form | \ kyu̇-ˈnē-ə-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce cuneiform (audio) \

Kids Definition of cuneiform

: made up of or written with marks or letters shaped like wedges

Other Words from cuneiform

cuneiform noun

cuneiform

adjective
cu·​ne·​i·​form | \ kyu̇-ˈnē-ə-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce cuneiform (audio) , ˈkyü-n(ē-)ə- How to pronounce cuneiform (audio) \

Medical Definition of cuneiform

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being a cuneiform bone or cartilage
2 of a human skull : wedge-shaped as viewed from above

cuneiform

noun

Medical Definition of cuneiform (Entry 2 of 2)

: a cuneiform bone or cartilage

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