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[ih-truhs-kuh n] /ɪˈtrʌs kən/
pertaining to Etruria, its inhabitants, civilization, art, or language.
an inhabitant of ancient Etruria.
the extinct language of Etruria, not known to be related to any other language.
Abbreviation: Etr.
Also, Etrurian
[ih-troo r-ee-uh n] /ɪˈtrʊər i ən/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Etruscan
1700-10; < Latin Etrusc(us) of Etruria + -an Unabridged
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  • I've seen it before; yes, seen her shut up in the Vatican, immortal on an old Etruscan vase.

  • A number of examples of bridgework have been found in the old Etruscan tombs.

  • Already the Arcadian cavalry and the brave Etruscan together hold the appointed ground.

  • The saturae contained an Etruscan element, but atellans were entirely Etruscan.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Such candle holders have been found in Etruscan graves, but the candelabra met with at Pompeii were all designed to carry lamps.

  • Certainly it must have been a considerable town in the Etruscan period.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • The union of Italy was accomplished through the overthrow of the Samnite and Etruscan civilizations.

  • It is by the subject chiefly that the Etruscan vases are distinguished from the Greek vases.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
British Dictionary definitions for Etruscan


a member of an ancient people of central Italy whose civilization influenced the Romans, who had suppressed them by about 200 bc
the non-Indo-European language of the ancient Etruscans, whose few surviving records have not been fully interpreted
of, relating to, or characteristic of Etruria, the Etruscans, their culture, or their language
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Word Origin and History for Etruscan

1706, from Latin Etruscus "an Etruscan," from Etruria, ancient name of Tuscany, of uncertain origin, but containing an element that might mean "water" (see Basque) and which could be a reference to the rivers in the region.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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