[ahr-mee-nee-uh n, -meen-yuh n]
  1. a native of Armenia.
  2. the language of the Armenians, an Indo-European language written in a distinctive script dating from the 5th century. Abbreviation: Arm

Origin of Armenian

First recorded in 1710–20; Armeni(a) + -an
Related formspro-Ar·me·ni·an, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for armenian


  1. a native or inhabitant of Armenia or an Armenian-speaking person elsewhere
  2. the language of the Armenians: an Indo-European language probably belonging to the Thraco-Phrygian branch, but containing many non-Indo-European elements
  3. an adherent of the Armenian Church or its doctrines
  1. of or relating to Armenia, its inhabitants, their language, or the Armenian Church
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Word Origin and History for armenian


1590s, "a native of Armenia," from Armenia (late 14c. in English), place name traced to 521 C.E., but of uncertain origin. As the name of the language, by 1718; as an adjective, by 1727.

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