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[ih-truhs-kuh n] /ɪˈtrʌs kən/
pertaining to Etruria, its inhabitants, civilization, art, or language.
an inhabitant of ancient Etruria.
the extinct language of Etruria, not known to be related to any other language.
Abbreviation: Etr.
Also, Etrurian
[ih-troo r-ee-uh n] /ɪˈtrʊər i ən/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Etruscan
1700-10; < Latin Etrusc(us) of Etruria + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The latter was both an Etruscan and a Roman deity, the goddess of memory.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies
  • A number of examples of bridgework have been found in the old Etruscan tombs.

  • The saturae contained an Etruscan element, but atellans were entirely Etruscan.


    William Graham Sumner
  • Certainly it must have been a considerable town in the Etruscan period.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • It is by the subject chiefly that the Etruscan vases are distinguished from the Greek vases.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • The Celtic dolmen and cromlech, the Etruscan tumulus, the Hebrew galgal, are words.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • The reason for this lies in the structure of the Etruscan language.

    A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • It was found among the ruins of one of the oldest of the Etruscan cities.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for Etruscan


a member of an ancient people of central Italy whose civilization influenced the Romans, who had suppressed them by about 200 bc
the non-Indo-European language of the ancient Etruscans, whose few surviving records have not been fully interpreted
of, relating to, or characteristic of Etruria, the Etruscans, their culture, or their language
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Etruscan

1706, from Latin Etruscus "an Etruscan," from Etruria, ancient name of Tuscany, of uncertain origin, but containing an element that might mean "water" (see Basque) and which could be a reference to the rivers in the region.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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