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)
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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.
Do we not serve under Aemilius Paullus and his Illyrian auspices?
A temple to Mars the avenger, if I had but a front of Illyrian horse!
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.
British Dictionary definitions for illyrian
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
of, characteristic of, or relating to Illyria, its people, or their language
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