sa·​tem ˈsä-təm How to pronounce satem (audio)
: of, relating to, or constituting an Indo-European language group in which the palatal stops became in prehistoric times palatal or alveolar fricatives compare centum

Word History


Avestan satəm hundred; from the fact that its initial sound (derived from an alveolar fricative) is the representative of an Indo-European palatal stop — more at hundred

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of satem was in 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Satem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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