Adjective "aramaic" definition and examples

(Aramaic may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˌarəˈmeɪɪk/

Definitions and examples

noun

A branch of the Semitic family of languages, especially the language of Syria used as a lingua franca in the Near East from the 6th century BC. It replaced Hebrew locally as the language of the Jews, and though displaced by Arabic in the 7th century AD, it still has about 200,000 speakers in scattered communities.
  1. 'The King James' Bible is an English translation of the Bible from the original languages, including Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek.'
  2. 'Arabic, the language of the majority and the official language of the country, is a Semitic tongue related to Hebrew, Aramaic, and Amharic.'
  3. 'As the Arab Empire grew, Arabic replaced the Aramaic, Coptic, Greek, and Latin languages and became the main instrument of Arab culture.'
  4. 'Arabic displaced Coptic and Aramaic in the Near East as people converted to Islam, from the seventh century through the medieval period.'
  5. 'In Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic, but not Persian, the ‘n’ is doubled: tannûr.'
  6. 'The apocryphal texts have largely been preserved in Greek translation, though originally many of the texts appeared in Hebrew and/or Aramaic.'
  7. 'Fulco is the Jesuit scholar who translated the script into Aramaic, Hebrew, and Latin, and then translated everything back again into the English subtitles for the film.'
  8. 'They also differ from other Iraqis in that their ancestral language is not Arabic but a dialect of Aramaic, also referred to as Chaldean, Assyrian, or Syriac.'
  9. 'He was a man of immense learning, with a wide knowledge of the sciences and of languages: Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic.'

adjective

Relating to Aramaic.
  1. 'There are sections devoted to the Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic languages, to warfare, the arts and law.'
  2. 'It had been written in the Aramaic language in Syriac script.'
  3. 'The Archbishop of Aleppo, Ignacio Zeade, who represented the Maronite rite, celebrated mass using the Aramaic language.'
  4. 'They were allowed to keep their Aramaic liturgy.'
  5. 'Early on, the text of the inscription itself raised doubts among experts familiar with Aramaic scripts.'
  6. 'Maranatha, mentioned in some books in the Bible, is a word in the Aramaic language which means ‘Come, o Lord!’'
  7. 'The Aramaic language has been in the news recently.'
  8. 'Chilton, for example, is one of the leading Aramaic specialists in the United States.'

More definitions

1. Also, Aramean, Aramaean. a northwest Semitic language that from c300 b.c.–a.d. 650 was a lingua franca for nearly all of SW Asia and was the everyday speech of Syria, Mesopotamia, and Palestine.Abbreviation:Aram. Compare Biblical Aramaic. adjective

2. pertaining to Aram, or to the languages spoken there.

3. noting or pertaining to the alphabetical, or perhaps syllabic, script used for the writing of Aramaic from about the ninth century b.c. and from which were derived the Hebrew, A

More examples(as adjective)

"words can be aramaic."

"songs can be aramaic."

"languages can be aramaic."

"forms can be aramaic."

"expressions can be aramaic."

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Origin

(Aramaic)Mid 19th century: from Greek Aramaios ‘of Aram’ (the biblical name of Syria) + -ic.