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Egyptian

[ih-jip-shuh n]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Egypt or its people: Egyptian architecture.
  2. Obsolete. of or relating to the Gypsies.
noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Egypt.
  2. the extinct Afroasiatic language of the ancient Egyptians. Abbreviation: Egypt.
  3. a printing type having square serifs.

Origin of Egyptian

1350–1400; Middle English (see Egypt, -ian); replacing Egiptish, Old English Egiptisc, equivalent to Egipt- + -isc -ish1
Related formsE·gyp·tian·ism, E·gyp·tic·i·ty [ee-jip-tis-i-tee] /ˌi dʒɪpˈtɪs ɪ ti/, nounnon-E·gyp·tian, adjective, nounpro-E·gyp·tian, adjective, nounpseu·do-E·gyp·tian, adjective, nountrans-E·gyp·tian, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • As a result the grain in the Egyptian markets had greatly increased in value.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • The blow was a bit too severe and the Egyptian fell down dead.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • This idea of Egyptian morals was no doubt correct, but how deplorable!

  • That book had nothing to do with Egyptian deserts; but any desert will do for Monny.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • He even had a theory that some of our words came from the early Egyptian.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson


British Dictionary definitions for egyptian

Egyptian

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Egypt, its inhabitants, or their dialect of Arabic
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient Egyptians, their language, or culture
  3. (of type) having square slab serifs
  4. archaic of or relating to the Gypsies
noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Egypt
  2. a member of an indigenous non-Semitic people who established an advanced civilization in Egypt that flourished from the late fourth millennium bc
  3. the extinct language of the ancient Egyptians, belonging to the Afro-Asiatic family of languages. It is recorded in hieroglyphic inscriptions, the earliest of which date from before 3000 bc. It was extinct by the fourth century adSee also Coptic
  4. a large size of drawing paper
  5. an archaic name for a Gypsy
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Word Origin and History for egyptian

Egyptian

late 14c., Egypcyan; see Egypt + -ian.

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