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Egyptian

[ih-jip-shuh n] /ɪˈdʒɪp ʃən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Egypt or its people:
Egyptian architecture.
2.
Obsolete. of or relating to the Gypsies.
noun
3.
a native or inhabitant of Egypt.
4.
the extinct Afroasiatic language of the ancient Egyptians.
Abbreviation: Egypt.
5.
a printing type having square serifs.
Origin of Egyptian
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (see Egypt, -ian); replacing Egiptish, Old English Egiptisc, equivalent to Egipt- + -isc -ish1
Related forms
Egyptianism, Egypticity
[ee-jip-tis-i-tee] /ˌi dʒɪpˈtɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
non-Egyptian, adjective, noun
pro-Egyptian, adjective, noun
pseudo-Egyptian, adjective, noun
trans-Egyptian, adjective
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Examples from the Web for Egyptian
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  • 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

/ɪˈdʒɪpʃən/
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
5.
a native or inhabitant of Egypt
6.
a member of an indigenous non-Semitic people who established an advanced civilization in Egypt that flourished from the late fourth millennium bc
7.
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 ad See also Coptic
8.
a large size of drawing paper
9.
an archaic name for a Gypsy
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Word Origin and History for Egyptian

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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