[uh-seer-ee-uh n]
  1. a native or an inhabitant of Assyria.
  2. the dialect of Akkadian spoken in Assyria.Compare Akkadian(def 1).

Origin of Assyrian

First recorded in 1585–95; Assyri(a) + -an
Related formspre-As·syr·i·an, adjectivepseu·do-As·syr·i·an, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for assyrian


  1. an inhabitant of ancient Assyria
  2. a modern-day descendant of the ancient Assyrians
    1. the language of the ancient Assyrians, belonging to the E Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family and regarded as a dialect of Akkadian
    2. a dialect of Aramaic, spoken by modern Assyrians
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient or modern Assyrians, their language, or culture
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