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Egyptian

[ih-jip-shuh n] /ɪˈdʒɪp ʃən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Egypt or its people:
Egyptian architecture.
2.
Obsolete. of or relating to the Gypsies.
noun
3.
a native or inhabitant of Egypt.
4.
the extinct Afroasiatic language of the ancient Egyptians.
Abbreviation: Egypt.
5.
a printing type having square serifs.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (see Egypt, -ian); replacing Egiptish, Old English Egiptisc, equivalent to Egipt- + -isc -ish1
Related forms
Egyptianism, Egypticity
[ee-jip-tis-i-tee] /ˌi dʒɪpˈtɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
non-Egyptian, adjective, noun
pro-Egyptian, adjective, noun
pseudo-Egyptian, adjective, noun
trans-Egyptian, adjective
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Examples from the web for egyptians
  • The egyptians also painted on linen, remnants of which survive today.
  • The egyptians invented the yoke saddle for their chariot horses in ca.
  • Opium production continued under the babylonians and egyptians.
  • egyptians used cursive hieroglyphs for religious literature on papyrus and wood.
  • egyptians also believed that being mummified was the only way to have an afterlife.
  • There is also more concern about environmental issues among egyptians than before.
British Dictionary definitions for egyptians

Egyptian

/ɪˈdʒɪpʃən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Egypt, its inhabitants, or their dialect of Arabic
2.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient Egyptians, their language, or culture
3.
(of type) having square slab serifs
4.
(archaic) of or relating to the Gypsies
noun
5.
a native or inhabitant of Egypt
6.
a member of an indigenous non-Semitic people who established an advanced civilization in Egypt that flourished from the late fourth millennium bc
7.
the extinct language of the ancient Egyptians, belonging to the Afro-Asiatic family of languages. It is recorded in hieroglyphic inscriptions, the earliest of which date from before 3000 bc. It was extinct by the fourth century ad See also Coptic
8.
a large size of drawing paper
9.
an archaic name for a Gypsy
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Word Origin and History for egyptians

Egyptian

late 14c., Egypcyan; see Egypt + -ian.

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