Illyrian

[ ih-leer-ee-uhn ]
/ ɪˈlɪər i ən /

adjective

of or relating to Illyria.

noun

a native or inhabitant of Illyria.
the extinct language of the Illyrians, an Indo-European language of uncertain relationship within the Indo-European language family.

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Origin of Illyrian

First recorded in 1545–55; Illyri(a) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for Illyrian

Illyrian
/ (ɪˈlɪərɪən) /

noun

a member of the group of related Indo-European peoples who occupied Illyria from the late third millennium to the early first millennium bc
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

adjective

of, characteristic of, or relating to Illyria, its people, or their language
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