Definition of enchorial in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnˈkɔːrɪəl//ɛnˈkɔːrɪəl/


  • Denoting or relating to the kind of language used by ordinary people; colloquial or demotic.

    • ‘The enchorial language was not placed on sacred edifices.’
    • ‘One cannot avoid being astonished at his making out the meaning of an Enchorial manuscript of some length, without the help of any translation.’
    • ‘The Greek papyrus contains the translation of a deed of sale, the text of which, in enchorial characters, is on a papyrus at Paris.’
    • ‘The writing is enchorial, but of a form so closely allied to hieroglyphics that it shows how the one passes into the other.’
    • ‘Difficulties of no ordinary kind presented themselves to all who had applied to make out even the second, or enchorial inscription.’


Early 19th century: from Greek egkhōrios ‘in or of the country’ (from en- ‘within’ + khōra ‘country’) + -al.