Definitions for illyrianɪˈlɪər i ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Illyrian(noun)

    a minor and almost extinct branch of the Indo-European languages; spoken along the Dalmatian coast

Wiktionary

  1. Illyrian(Adjective)

    of or pertaining to Illyria, Illyrians or the Illyrian language

  2. Illyrian(ProperNoun)

    an inhabitant of ancient Illyria

  3. Illyrian(ProperNoun)

    extinct Indo-European language or languages spoken at the North-West Balkans

  4. Illyrian(ProperNoun)

    an inhabitant of Roman province of Illyricum (Illyro-Roman)

  5. Illyrian(ProperNoun)

    an old term for South Slavs, especially Croats, used in 17th-19th centuries

  6. Illyrian(ProperNoun)

    a proposed term for Proto-Albanians

  7. Illyrian(ProperNoun)

    a member of the Illyrian movement

Freebase

  1. Illyrian languages

    The Illyrian /ɨˈlɪriən/ languages are a group of Indo-European languages that were spoken in the western part of the Balkans in former times by groups identified as Illyrians: Ardiaei, Delmatae, Pannonii, Autariates, Taulanti. Some sound-changes from Proto-Indo-European to Illyrian and other language features are deduced from what remains of the Illyrian languages, but because there are no examples of ancient Illyrian literature surviving, it is difficult to clarify its place within the Indo-European language family. Because of the uncertainty, most sources provisionally place the Illyrian language family on its own branch of Indo-European, though its relation to other languages, ancient and modern, continues to be studied. It is believed by most scholars that Albanian is the closest descendant to Illyrian language, relatively speaking.

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