Definitions for Semiticsəˈmɪt ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Se•mit•icsəˈmɪt ɪk(n.)

  1. a family of languages, a branch of the Afroasiatic family, comprising a number of ancient and modern languages of SW Asia and Africa, as Akkadian, Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic, and Amharic.

    Category: Peoples

  2. (adj.)of or pertaining to the Semitic languages or their speakers.

    Category: Peoples

Origin of Semitic:

< NL sēmīticus=sēmīt(a)Semite+-icus -ic

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Semitic(adj)

    a major branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family

  2. Semitic(adj)

    of or relating to the group of Semitic languages

    "Semitic tongues have a complicated morphology"

  3. Semite, Semitic(adj)

    of or relating to or characteristic of Semites

    "Semite peoples"

Wiktionary

  1. Semitic(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a subdivision of Afro-Asiatic Semitic languages: Amharic, Arabic, Aramaic, Syriac, Akkadian, Hebrew, Maltese, Tigrigna, Phoenician etc.

  2. Semitic(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the Semites: Semitic people.

  3. Semitic(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the descendants of Shem, the eldest of three sons of Noah.

  4. Semitic(Adjective)

    In a narrower sense, of or pertaining to the Israeli, Jewish, or Hebrew people.

  5. Semitic(ProperNoun)

    The Semitic languages in general.

  6. Origin: From the English Semite, an 18th century ethnological label from the semitisch, Σημ, from the שֵׂם, the name of the eldest son of Noah in biblical tradition (Genesis 5.32, 6.10, 10.21), considered the forefather of the Semitic peoples. Perhaps derived from the Akkadian šumu, name or son.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Semitic(adj)

    of or pertaining to Shem or his descendants; belonging to that division of the Caucasian race which includes the Arabs, Jews, and related races

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