Definition of Semitic in English:


Syllabification: Se·mit·ic
Pronunciation: /səˈmitik


  • 1Relating to or denoting a family of languages that includes Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic and certain ancient languages such as Phoenician and Akkadian, constituting the main subgroup of the Afro-Asiatic family.
    More example sentences
    • Aramaic belongs to the Semitic language group historically centred in the Middle East.
    • Diligently, he traces each letter from the ancient Semitic and Phoenician alphabets through Old English and Norman French, exploring shapes and pronunciation.
    • Arabic derives from the ancient Semitic languages.
  • 2Relating to the peoples who speak the Semitic languages, especially Hebrew and Arabic.
    More example sentences
    • Some are ethnically Arab, which means that they are Semitic, and speak Arabic.
    • The Semitic mind speaks in terms of beings, beings that embody good and evil.
    • Aramaic was the language of Semitic peoples - the Assyrians, Chaldeans, Hebrews and Syrians.

More definitions of Semitic

Definition of Semitic in: