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Hittite

[hit-ahyt] /ˈhɪt aɪt/
noun
1.
a member of an ancient people who established a powerful empire in Asia Minor and Syria, dominant from about 1900 to 1200 b.c.
2.
an extinct language of the Anatolian branch of Indo-European, preserved in cuneiform inscriptions of the second millennium b.c.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Hittites or their language.
Origin of Hittite
1600-1610
1600-10; < Hebrew ḥitt(īm) Hittite (compare Hittite Khatti) + -ite1
Related forms
post-Hittite, adjective
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Examples from the Web for Hittite
Contemporary Examples
  • Maybe you can tell the Ecuadorians that Israel deserves Hebron because Abraham bought land there from Ephron the Hittite.

    Happy Now, Bibi? Peter Beinart December 7, 2010
Historical Examples
  • Layard had found four Hittite seals in the palace of Sennacherib at Nineveh.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • He found a ready market for them among the Hittite and Araman kings.

  • This would indicate that they were not Greek, and it is thought by some that they may at this time have been of Hittite stock.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • From this time forward it becomes possible to speak of a Hittite empire.

    The Hittites A. H. Sayce
  • We all know what he is to speak of; he looks troubled even to distress;it is the matter of Uriah the Hittite.

    Spare Hours John Brown
  • Six times did he charge the Hittite host, and six times they broke and were slaughtered.

    The Hittites A. H. Sayce
  • The treaty was cemented by the marriage of the Hittite princess with the Pharaoh.

  • The treaty was sealed by the marriage of the Pharaoh with the daughter of the Hittite king.

    The Hittites A. H. Sayce
  • What actually remains of Hittite art hardly bears out this statement.

British Dictionary definitions for Hittite

Hittite

/ˈhɪtaɪt/
noun
1.
a member of an ancient people of Anatolia, who built a great empire in N Syria and Asia Minor in the second millennium bc
2.
the extinct language of this people, deciphered from cuneiform inscriptions found at Boǧazköy and elsewhere. It is clearly related to the Indo-European family of languages, although the precise relationship is disputed
adjective
3.
of or relating to this people, their civilization, or their language
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Word Origin and History for Hittite

c.1600, "of or pertaining to an Indo-European people whose empire (c.1900-700 B.C.E.) covered much of modern Turkey and Syria," from Hebrew Hitti "Hittite" (plural Hittim), from Hittite Hatti. The biblical use (cf. Gen. xv:20, etc.) refers to Canaanite or Syrian tribes that probably were genuine scions of the Hittites. They were called khita or kheta in Egyptian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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