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Ethiopian

[ee-thee-oh-pee-uh n] /ˌi θiˈoʊ pi ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Ethiopia or to its inhabitants.
2.
belonging to the part of Africa south of the equator.
3.
Zoogeography. belonging to a geographical division comprising Africa south of the tropic of Cancer, the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula, and Madagascar.
4.
Archaic. black African.
noun
5.
a native of Ethiopia.
6.
a member of any of various supposedly dark-skinned peoples regarded by the ancients as coming from a country lying south of Egypt.
7.
Archaic. a black African.
Origin of Ethiopian
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; Ethiopi(a) + -an
Related forms
pro-Ethiopian, adjective, noun
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  • A second and a third time the Ethiopian touched him with his wand, and spoke in whispers.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Minerva denies to an Ethiopian to celebrate the wars of generals.

  • That mask, as of a white Ethiopian, would be superb in marble.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • The world, he declared, was fallen into disorder, like the hair of an Ethiopian.

  • The Ethiopian said, 'How can I know, unless some man do teach me?'

    Loss and Gain John Henry Newman
British Dictionary definitions for Ethiopian

Ethiopian

/ˌiːθɪˈəʊpɪən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Ethiopia, its people, or any of their languages
2.
of or denoting a zoogeographical region consisting of Africa south of the Sahara
3.
(anthropol, obsolete) of or belonging to a postulated racial group characterized by dark skin, an oval elongated face, and thin lips, living chiefly in Africa south of the Sahara
noun
4.
a native or inhabitant of Ethiopia
5.
any of the languages of Ethiopia, esp Amharic
noun, adjective
6.
an archaic word for Black
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