- 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.
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Hittites or their language.
Origin of Hittite
Examples from the Web for hittite
Maybe you can tell the Ecuadorians that Israel deserves Hebron because Abraham bought land there from Ephron the Hittite.Happy Now, Bibi?
December 8, 2010
He found a ready market for them among the Hittite and Araman kings.The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Kings
F. W. Farrar
They showed that the Hittite had won and kept the pass by force of arms.
Not far from Karabel another monument of Hittite art has been discovered.
When, however, we speak of a Hittite empire we must understand clearly what that means.
Like the Egyptian Pharaoh, the Hittite monarch was accompanied to battle by his scribes.
- 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
- of or relating to this people, their civilization, or their language
Word Origin and History for hittite
c.1600, "of or pertaining to an Indo-European people whose empire (c.1900-700 B.C.E.) covered much of modern Turkey and Syria," from Hebrew Hitti "Hittite" (plural Hittim), from Hittite Hatti. The biblical use (cf. Gen. xv:20, etc.) refers to Canaanite or Syrian tribes that probably were genuine scions of the Hittites. They were called khita or kheta in Egyptian.