[ os-kuhn ]

  1. one of an ancient people of south-central Italy.

  2. the Indo-European, probably Italic, language of the Oscans, written in an alphabet derived from the Etruscan.

  1. of or relating to the Oscans or their language.

Origin of Oscan

1590–1600; Latin Osc(ī) the Oscans + -an

Other words from Oscan

  • non-Oscan, adjective, noun

Words Nearby Oscan

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British Dictionary definitions for Oscan


/ (ˈɒskən) /

  1. an extinct language of ancient S Italy belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European family: See also Osco-Umbrian

  2. a speaker of this language; Samnite

  1. of or relating to this language

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