Hittite

[ hit-ahyt ]
/ ˈhɪt aɪt /

noun

a member of an ancient people who established a powerful empire in Asia Minor and Syria, dominant from about 1900 to 1200 b.c.
an extinct language of the Anatolian branch of Indo-European, preserved in cuneiform inscriptions of the second millennium b.c.Compare Hieroglyphic Hittite.

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Hittites or their language.

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Origin of Hittite

1600–10; < Hebrew ḥitt(īm) Hittite (compare Hittite Khatti) + -ite1

OTHER WORDS FROM Hittite

post-Hit·tite, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hittite

Hittite
/ (ˈhɪtaɪt) /

noun

a member of an ancient people of Anatolia, who built a great empire in N Syria and Asia Minor in the second millennium bc
the extinct language of this people, deciphered from cuneiform inscriptions found at Boǧazköy and elsewhere. It is clearly related to the Indo-European family of languages, although the precise relationship is disputed

adjective

of or relating to this people, their civilization, or their language
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