- a native or inhabitant of Phoenicia.
- the extinct Semitic language of the Phoenicians.
- of or relating to Phoenicia, its people, or their language.
- noting or pertaining to the script used for the writing of Phoenician from the 11th century b.c. or earlier and from which were derived the Greek, Roman, and all other Western alphabets.
Origin of Phoenician
Examples from the Web for phoenician
He is generally considered to have been of Phoenician origin.
The third of the Phoenician plains, as we proceed from south to north, is that of Tyre.
There are some grounds for considering Sidon to have been the most ancient of the Phoenician towns.
We have reached now the limits of Phoenician colonisation towards the West.
The extreme Phoenician city on the south was Japho or Joppa.
- a member of an ancient Semitic people of NW Syria who dominated the trade of the ancient world in the first millennium bc and founded colonies throughout the Mediterranean
- the extinct language of this people, belonging to the Canaanitic branch of the Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family
- of or relating to Phoenicia, the Phoenicians, or their language
Word Origin and History for phoenician
late 14c., from Middle French phenicien, from Latin Phoenice, from Greek Phoinike "Phoenicia" (including Carthage), perhaps literally "land of the purple" (i.e., source of purple dye, the earliest use of which was ascribed to the Phoenicians by the Greeks). Identical with phoenix (q.v.), but the relationship is obscure. In reference to a language from 1836; as an adjective from c.1600.