[oo-guh-rit-ik, yoo-]
  1. Also U·ga·ri·tian [oo-guh-rish-uh n, yoo-] /ˌu gəˈrɪʃ ən, ˌyu-/. the Semitic language of the Ugaritic people, related to Hebrew and Phoenician and written in a cuneiform alphabet having 30 characters.

Origin of Ugaritic

First recorded in 1935–40; Ugarit + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for ugaritic


  1. an extinct Semitic language of N Syria
  1. of or relating to this language

Word Origin for Ugaritic

C19: after Ugarit (modern name: Ras Shamra), an ancient Syrian city-state
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Word Origin and History for ugaritic


1936, "pertaining to Ugarit," ancient city of northern Syria, and especially to the language first discovered there 1929 by Claude Schaeffer, from Ugarit, which probably is ultimately from Sumerian ugaru "field."

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