[ee-thee-op-ik, -oh-pik]
  1. a subdivision of Semitic languages that includes Amharic, Tigré, Tigrinya, and Geez, all of Ethiopia.
  2. Geez.

Origin of Ethiopic

From the Latin word Aethiopicus, dating back to 1650–60. See Ethiop, -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for ethiopic


  1. the ancient language of Ethiopia, belonging to the Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family: a Christian liturgical languageSee also Ge'ez
  2. the group of languages developed from this language, including Amharic, Tigre, and Tigrinya
  1. denoting or relating to this language or group of languages
  2. a less common word for Ethiopian
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