[ ee-thee-op-ik, -oh-pik ]

  1. a subdivision of Semitic languages that includes Amharic, Tigré, Tigrinya, and Geez, all of Ethiopia.

Origin of Ethiopic

From the Latin word Aethiopicus, dating back to 1650–60. See Ethiop, -ic

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

How to use Ethiopic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Ethiopic


/ (ˌiːθɪˈɒpɪk, -ˈəʊpɪk) /

  1. the ancient language of Ethiopia, belonging to the Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family: a Christian liturgical language: See 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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