[ ih-jip-shuhn ]

  1. of or relating to Egypt or its people: Egyptian architecture.

  2. Obsolete. of or relating to the Roma, a traditionally nomadic ethnic group.

  1. a native or inhabitant of Egypt.

  2. the extinct Afroasiatic language of the ancient Egyptians. Abbreviation: Egypt.

  1. a printing type having square serifs.

Origin of Egyptian

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English Egipcien, Egipcian, Gypcian, from Old French egyptien, egipcien; replacing Middle English Egiptish, Old English Egiptisc, Egyptisc, Ægiptisc

Other words from Egyptian

  • an·ti-E·gyp·tian, adjective, noun
  • E·gyp·tic·i·ty [ee-jip-tis-i-tee], /ˌi dʒɪpˈtɪs ɪ ti/, E·gyp·tian·ism, noun
  • non-E·gyp·tian, adjective, noun
  • pro-E·gyp·tian, adjective, noun
  • pseu·do-E·gyp·tian, adjective, noun
  • trans-E·gyp·tian, adjective, noun

Words Nearby Egyptian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Egyptian in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Egyptian


/ (ɪˈdʒɪpʃən) /

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Egypt, its inhabitants, or their dialect of Arabic

  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient Egyptians, their language, or culture

  1. (of type) having square slab serifs

  2. archaic of or relating to the Gypsies

  1. a native or inhabitant of Egypt

  2. a member of an indigenous non-Semitic people who established an advanced civilization in Egypt that flourished from the late fourth millennium bc

  1. the extinct language of the ancient Egyptians, belonging to the Afro-Asiatic family of languages. It is recorded in hieroglyphic inscriptions, the earliest of which date from before 3000 bc. It was extinct by the fourth century ad: See also Coptic

  2. a large size of drawing paper

  3. an archaic name for a Gypsy

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012