Share this entry

Ge'ez Line breaks: Ge'ez
Pronunciation: /ˈɡiːɛz/

Definition of Ge'ez in English:

noun

[mass noun]
An ancient Semitic language of Ethiopia, which survives as the liturgical language of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. It is the ancestor of the modern Ethiopian languages such as Amharic. Also called Ethiopic.
Example sentences
  • It has its own script of more than 200 characters, based on the ancient language Ge'ez, used now only in the Orthodox Church.
  • Christian music is believed to have been established by Saint Yared in the sixth century and is sung in Ge'ez, the liturgical language.
  • Traditionally, boys learn to read Tigrinya, Ge'ez, and Amharic as Bible students.

Origin

Of Ethiopic origin.

Definition of Ge'ez in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources