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[ahr-mee-nee-uh n, -meen-yuh n] /ɑrˈmi ni ən, -ˈmin yən/
of or relating to Armenia, its inhabitants, or their language.
a native of Armenia.
the language of the Armenians, an Indo-European language written in a distinctive script dating from the 5th century.
Abbreviation: Arm.
Origin of Armenian
1710-20; Armeni(a) + -an
Related forms
pro-Armenian, adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for Armenian
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  • That Belgian chap, whose mother—as if Flemish blood were not enough—had been Armenian!

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • Really, now, I wish an intelligent Armenian were here to answer that question.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • De Gobignon would not want to open the door to help the Armenian, for fear of endangering the Tartars.

  • He was looking at the Armenian family and at two French soldiers who had gone up to them.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • He's as thrifty as an Armenian and as slippery as a skating rink.

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
British Dictionary definitions for Armenian


a native or inhabitant of Armenia or an Armenian-speaking person elsewhere
the language of the Armenians: an Indo-European language probably belonging to the Thraco-Phrygian branch, but containing many non-Indo-European elements
an adherent of the Armenian Church or its doctrines
of or relating to Armenia, its inhabitants, their language, or the Armenian Church
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Armenian

1590s, "a native of Armenia," from Armenia (late 14c. in English), place name traced to 521 C.E., but of uncertain origin. As the name of the language, by 1718; as an adjective, by 1727.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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