[ ar-uh-mey-ik ]
/ ˌær əˈmeɪ ɪk /
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Also Aramean, Aramaean. a northwest Semitic language that from around 300 b.c. to a.d. 650 was a lingua franca for nearly all of southwestern Asia and was the everyday speech of Syria, Mesopotamia, and Palestine. Abbreviations: Aram, Aram.Compare Biblical Aramaic.
pertaining to Aram, or to the languages spoken there.
noting or pertaining to the alphabetic, or perhaps syllabic, script used for the writing of Aramaic from about the ninth century b.c. and from which were derived the Hebrew, Arabic, Armenian, Pahlavi, Uighor, and many other scripts, probably including Brahmi.
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Words nearby Aramaic
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How to use Aramaic in a sentence
The word for "chain" (Q'r. ham'nka) is in Theodotion rendered μανιάκης, and occurs in later Aramaic.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Daniel|F. W. Farrar
British Dictionary definitions for Aramaic
/ (ˌærəˈmeɪɪk) /
an ancient language of the Middle East, still spoken in parts of Syria and the Lebanon, belonging to the NW Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family. Originally the speech of Aram, in the 5th century bc it spread to become the lingua franca of the Persian empireSee also Biblical Aramaic
of, relating to, or using this language
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