What does Phoenician mean?

Definitions for Phoenician
fɪˈnɪʃ ən, -ˈni ʃənphoeni·cian

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Phoeniciannoun

    a member of an ancient Semitic people who dominated trade in the first millennium B.C.

  2. Phoenicianadjective

    the extinct language of an ancient Semitic people who dominated trade in the ancient world

  3. Phoenicianadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of Phoenicia or its inhabitants


  1. Phoeniciannoun

    An inhabitant of Phoenicia (a country located on the shores of North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean Sea around the year 1000 BCE).

  2. Phoeniciannoun

    An inhabitant of Phoenix, Arizona.

  3. Phoenicianadjective

    Of, from, or related to the country or civilisation of Phoenicia.

  4. Phoeniciannoun

    The Semitic language spoken by the inhabitants of Phoenicia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phoenicianadjective

    of or pertaining to Phoenica

  2. Phoeniciannoun

    a native or inhabitant of Phoenica


  1. Phoenician

    Phoenician was a language originally spoken in the coastal region then called "Canaan" in Phoenician, Arabic, Greek, and Aramaic, "Phoenicia" in Greek and Latin, and "Pūt" in Ancient Egyptian. Phoenician is a Semitic language of the Canaanite subgroup; its closest living relative is Hebrew, to which it is very similar. The area where Phoenician was spoken includes modern-day Lebanon, coastal Syria, Palestine, northern Israel, parts of Cyprus and, at least as a prestige language, some adjacent areas of Anatolia. It was also spoken in the area of Phoenician colonization along the coasts of the Southwestern Mediterranean, including those of modern Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria, as well as Malta, the west of Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica and southernmost Spain. Phoenician is currently known only from brief and unvaried inscriptions of official and religious character and occasional glosses in books written in other languages; Roman authors such as Sallust allude to some books written in Punic, but none have survived except occasionally in translation or in snippets. The Cippi of Melqart, discovered in Malta in 1694, were inscribed in two languages, Ancient Greek and Carthaginian. This made it possible for French scholar Abbé Barthelemy to decipher and reconstruct the Carthaginian alphabet. Further, since a trade agreement was found in 1964 written between Etruscans and a group of Phoenicians, more Etruscan has been deciphered.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Phoenician in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Phoenician in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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