[ fi-nish-uhn, -nee-shuhn ]
/ fɪˈnɪʃ ən, -ˈni ʃən /
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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.



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Origin of Phoenician

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at Phoenicia, -an
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British Dictionary definitions for Phoenician

/ (fəˈniːʃən, -ˈnɪʃɪən) /


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
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