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Amharic

[am-har-ik, ahm-hahr-]
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noun
  1. the Semitic language that is the official language of Ethiopia.
adjective
  1. of or relating to this language or its speakers.

Origin of Amharic

First recorded in 1590–1600; Amhar(a) + -ic
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Examples from the Web for amharic

Historical Examples

  • I went up to him, and he made me a bow and said something in Amharic, which it is needless to say I did not understand.

    Sport in Abyssinia

    Dermot Mayo

  • The chief spoken language is the Amharic; in it some books have been published.

  • The Amharic language, soft and musical in itself, derived new melody from the lips of Mr. M——.

  • Asmara, an Amharic word signifying “good pasture place,” is a town of considerable antiquity.


British Dictionary definitions for amharic

Amharic

noun
  1. the official language of Ethiopia, belonging to the SE Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family
adjective
  1. denoting or relating to this language
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Word Origin and History for amharic

Amharic

principal language of Ethiopia, 1813, from Amhara, name of a central province in Ethiopia.

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