Assyrian

Assyrian

[uh-seer-ee-uhn]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Assyria, its inhabitants, or their language.
noun
2.
a native or an inhabitant of Assyria.
3.
the dialect of Akkadian spoken in Assyria. Compare Akkadian ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1585–95; Assyri(a) + -an

pre-Assyrian, adjective
pseudo-Assyrian, adjective, noun
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Assyrian (əˈsɪrɪən)
 
n
1.  an inhabitant of ancient Assyria
2.  a modern-day descendant of the ancient Assyrians
3.  a.  the language of the ancient Assyrians, belonging to the E Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family and regarded as a dialect of Akkadian
 b.  a dialect of Aramaic, spoken by modern Assyrians
 
adj
4.  of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient or modern Assyrians, their language, or culture

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