Definition of Hittite in English:
1A member of an ancient people who established an empire in Asia Minor and Syria that flourished from circa 1700 to circa 1200 bc.
- The Capital of the Hittites was in Asia-Minor and it was called Hatttusa.
- Rollerskates only increase the mystery of the ancient Hittites.
- After the Bronze Age, Amorites, Western Semites, Hyksos and Hittites successively invaded the area.
1.1A subject of the Hittite empire or one of their descendants, including a Canaanite or Syrian people mentioned in the Bible (11th to 8th century bc).
- The conquest of the state of Mitanni in the late 14th century by the Hittites had created a crucial border zone between their empire and the Egyptians.
- Much of that literature has also been found in translation in other contemporary societies of the Near East, such as the literature of the Hittites and the Canaanites.
- Another man named Beeri, a Hittite, was the father of one of the wives of Esau.
2 [mass noun] The language of the Hittites, the oldest attested Indo-European language. Written in both hieroglyphic and cuneiform scripts, it was deciphered in the early 20th century.
- The paper dates the initial divergence of the Indo-European language family to 8700 years ago, with Hittite as the first language to split off.
- It exists today in myriad, fragmented Sumerian, Hittite, Babylonian, and other versions that scholars have had to piece together.
- The structure of Old Irish, says Professor Watkins, can be compared only with that of Vedic Sanskrit or Hittite of the Old Kingdom.
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Relating to the Hittites, their empire, or their language.
- This brought Egypt into conflict with the equally expansionist Hittite empire.
- After the collapse of the Hittite empire around 1200 bc the site was abandoned until the mid 1st millennium bc.
- This ‘Succession Myth’ has striking parallels in Akkadian and Hittite texts, and seems originally to have come from the near east.
Definition of Hittite in:
- US English dictionary
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