[ih-leer-ee-uh n]
  1. a native or inhabitant of Illyria.
  2. the extinct language of the Illyrians, an Indo-European language of uncertain relationship within the Indo-European language family.

Origin of Illyrian

First recorded in 1545–55; Illyri(a) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for illyrian

Historical Examples of illyrian

  • They spoke all these languages fluently, for one was a born Illyrian and one a Serb.

    The Gypsies

    Charles G. Leland

  • Do we not serve under Aemilius Paullus and his Illyrian auspices?

    The Lion's Brood

    Duffield Osborne

  • A temple to Mars the avenger, if I had but a front of Illyrian horse!

    The Lion's Brood

    Duffield Osborne

  • When traversing Illyrian and German ground, it was the same as in our own country.

  • After he left Corfu they carried fire and sword along the Illyrian coast.

    Famous Sea Fights

    John Richard Hale

British Dictionary definitions for illyrian


  1. a member of the group of related Indo-European peoples who occupied Illyria from the late third millennium to the early first millennium bc
  2. the extinct and almost unrecorded language of these peoples: of uncertain relationship within the Indo-European family, but thought by some to be the ancestor of modern Albanian
  1. of, characteristic of, or relating to Illyria, its people, or their language
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