- one of an ancient people of south-central Italy.
- the Indo-European, probably Italic, language of the Oscans, written in an alphabet derived from the Etruscan.
- of or relating to the Oscans or their language.
Origin of Oscan
Examples from the Web for oscan
From this language the name of the city came; for pompe in Oscan meant 'five.'
This building, however, is not old enough to have been mentioned in an Oscan inscription.
Beyond this are the Oscan graves (31-32), several of which have been explored.
We have now to notice the points in which Umbrian has diverged from Oscan.
It is difficult, too, to say whether some of them were Latin or Oscan most.The Ethnology of Europe
Robert Gordon Latham
- an extinct language of ancient S Italy belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European familySee also Osco-Umbrian
- a speaker of this language; Samnite
- of or relating to this language
Word Origin and History for oscan
of or pertaining to the ancient people of southern Italy, 1590s, from Latin Osci, Opsci (plural) "Oscans," literally "worshippers of Ops," a harvest goddess, the name related to Latin ops (genitive opis) "abundance, plenty, wealth, riches," from PIE *op- "to work, to produce in abundance" (see opus).