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SEMITIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Semitic mean? 

SEMITIC (noun)
  The noun SEMITIC has 1 sense:

1. a major branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family

  Familiarity information: SEMITIC used as a noun is very rare.


SEMITIC (adjective)
  The adjective SEMITIC has 2 senses:

1. of or relating to the group of Semitic languages
2. of or relating to or characteristic of Semites

  Familiarity information: SEMITIC used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SEMITIC (noun)


Sense 1Semitic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A major branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("Semitic" is a kind of...):

Afrasian; Afrasian language; Afro-Asiatic; Afroasiatic; Afroasiatic language; Hamito-Semitic (a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "Semitic"):

Akkadian (an ancient branch of the Semitic languages)

Amharic; Ethiopian language (the dominant and official language of Ethiopia; a Semitic language much influenced by the Cushitic language with which Amhara have been in close contact)

Arabic; Arabic language (the Semitic language of the Arabs; spoken in a variety of dialects)

Aramaic (a Semitic language originally of the ancient Arameans but still spoken by other people in southwestern Asia)

Canaanitic; Canaanitic language (a group of Semitic languages)


SEMITIC (adjective)


Sense 1Semitic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to the group of Semitic languages

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

Semitic tongues have a complicated morphology

Pertainym:

Semitic (a major branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family)


Sense 2Semitic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or characteristic of Semites

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

Semite; Semitic

Context example:

Semite peoples

Pertainym:

Semite (a member of a group of Semitic-speaking peoples of the Middle East and northern Africa)


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