Definition of Amharic in English:

Amharic

noun

mass noun
  • The official language of Ethiopia, a Semitic language descended from Ge'ez and spoken by about 9 million people.

    • ‘Apart from working on these languages, the team has also put in place a system for translation from English to Amharic, an Ethiopian language.’
    • ‘Most people speak Amharic even if it is not their mother tongue, because it is the national language.’
    • ‘Many of the groups are bilingual, and because of the legacy of Ethiopian domination over Eritrea, many Eritreans also speak Amharic, the Ethiopian administrative language.’
    • ‘On the dusty streets of Addis Ababa, O'Sullivan is at home trading banter with hawkers and children in Amharic, the Ethiopian language.’
    • ‘The dates on the tombs follow the Ethiopian calendar which is seven years behind the Gregorian; the inscriptions are written in Amharic, Ethiopia's official language.’

adjective

  • Relating to Amharic.

    • ‘The analysis is embellished with sharp and appropriate quotations, the translations of which are impeccable and as elegant as the Amharic originals.’
    • ‘The Amharic script below his picture reads: ‘It is possible.’’
    • ‘If a site already has an Amharic translation for the site name, use it.’
    • ‘When differentiating between ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ art, he uses the Amharic terms bahelawi and zemenawi.’
    • ‘They overran the country in the 16th century, nearly obliterating the Amharic kingdom of the western highlands.’
    • ‘It is as though the written Amharic language, here mixed with other semiotic systems, becomes a mirror for the layered and amalgamated nature of oral language in exile.’
    • ‘Meqede was Queen of the land of Sheba (in Amharic she is also known as Saba).’
    • ‘The Amharic alphabet is made up of 33 letters and has seven vowels.’
    • ‘These courses provide lesson planning capability and lesson tracking creating a virtual learning environment akin to having an Amharic tutor!’
    • ‘You can imagine how time-killing Amharic typing could be.’
    • ‘Most Eritreans - Muslim, Christian and animist - rejected absorption into Haile Selassie's Amharic empire and, later, the Marxist terror state of the Dergue, which overthrew him.’
    • ‘On the two open pages, in crude script, is the Amharic caption, ‘The nun at her prayers,’ followed by the date ‘1992 AM,’ i.e., the Ethiopian Year of Mercy 1992.’

Pronunciation

Amharic

/amˈharɪk/