Definition of Ge'ez in English:



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
    • ‘The Ge'ez language used in most modern day church services derives from the Kingdom of Axum.’
    • ‘The service is long, over three hours, delivered in monotonous Amharic and an older ecclesiastical language like Latin, called Ge'ez.’
    • ‘Christian music is believed to have been established by Saint Yared in the sixth century and is sung in Ge'ez, the liturgical language.’
    • ‘It has its own script of more than 200 characters, based on the ancient language Ge'ez, used now only in the Orthodox Church.’
    • ‘Traditionally, boys learn to read Tigrinya, Ge'ez, and Amharic as Bible students.’


Of Ethiopic origin.