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Indo-European

[ in-doh-yoor-uh-pee-uhn ]
/ ˈɪn doʊˌyʊər əˈpi ən /
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Definition of Indo-European

noun
a large, widespread family of languages, the surviving branches of which include Italic, Slavic, Baltic, Hellenic, Celtic, Germanic, and Indo-Iranian, spoken by about half the world's population: English, Spanish, German, Latin, Greek, Russian, Albanian, Lithuanian, Armenian, Persian, Hindi, and Hittite are all Indo-European languages. Abbreviation: IECompare family (def. 16).
a member of any of the peoples speaking an Indo-European language.
adjective
of or belonging to Indo-European.
speaking an Indo-European language: an Indo-European people.
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Origin of Indo-European

First recorded in 1805–15; Indo- + European

OTHER WORDS FROM Indo-European

non-In·do-Eu·ro·pe·an, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Indo-European

Indo-European

adjective
denoting, belonging to, or relating to a family of languages that includes English and many other culturally and politically important languages of the world: a characteristic feature, esp of the older languages such as Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit, is inflection showing gender, number, and case
denoting or relating to the hypothetical parent language of this family, primitive Indo-European
denoting, belonging to, or relating to any of the peoples speaking these languages
noun
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