[ee-thee-oh-pee-uh n]
  1. of or relating to Ethiopia or to its inhabitants.
  2. belonging to the part of Africa south of the equator.
  3. Zoogeography. belonging to a geographical division comprising Africa south of the tropic of Cancer, the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula, and Madagascar.
  4. Archaic. black African.
  1. a native of Ethiopia.
  2. a member of any of various supposedly dark-skinned peoples regarded by the ancients as coming from a country lying south of Egypt.
  3. Archaic. a black African.

Origin of Ethiopian

First recorded in 1545–55; Ethiopi(a) + -an
Related formspro-E·thi·o·pi·an, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for ethiopian

Contemporary Examples of ethiopian

Historical Examples of ethiopian

  • A second and a third time the Ethiopian touched him with his wand, and spoke in whispers.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Minerva denies to an Ethiopian to celebrate the wars of generals.

  • That mask, as of a white Ethiopian, would be superb in marble.

    The Nabob

    Alphonse Daudet

  • The world, he declared, was fallen into disorder, like the hair of an Ethiopian.

  • The Ethiopian said, 'How can I know, unless some man do teach me?'

    Loss and Gain

    John Henry Newman

British Dictionary definitions for ethiopian


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Ethiopia, its people, or any of their languages
  2. of or denoting a zoogeographical region consisting of Africa south of the Sahara
  3. anthropol obsolete of or belonging to a postulated racial group characterized by dark skin, an oval elongated face, and thin lips, living chiefly in Africa south of the Sahara
  1. a native or inhabitant of Ethiopia
  2. any of the languages of Ethiopia, esp Amharic
noun, adjective
  1. an archaic word for Black
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