Definition of Egyptian in US English:



  • 1Relating to Egypt or its people.

    • ‘The reopening of the Egyptian market followed a trip between veterinary officers from this country which provided assurances to the Egyptians that the necessary safeguards are in place.’
    • ‘In this respect, to say that something is an Egyptian phenomenon is an overstatement, and as such, it is necessary to first evaluate some of the sectors in Egyptian society.’
    • ‘He sees a growing number of veiled women on Cairo streets as a sign that Egyptian society is turning more religious.’
    • ‘Indonesian exports to Egypt are mainly wood and paper products, crude palm oil and textiles, while Egyptian exports to Indonesia are mainly cotton waste, dates and fertilizer.’
    • ‘‘I feel extremely humiliated,’ agreed the Egyptian writer.’
    • ‘Now, the Egyptian government must put its faith in its own people,’ she said.’
    • ‘It may be that leaving the Egyptian government to fend for itself could lead to a worse government in its place.’
    • ‘The Egyptian government is selling off nationalised industries.’
    • ‘An Egyptian sailor died in Brazil while unwittingly transporting an anthrax-laden suitcase from the Middle East.’
    • ‘Beef consumption is continuing to recover and the re-opening of the Egyptian markets should become a practical reality shortly and should assist the cattle market in 2002.’
    • ‘Last night, his Irish-born wife, Stella, expressed relief that Egyptian police were satisfied that there had been a ‘genuine’ mistake.’
    • ‘He plays Ali, a young Egyptian screenwriter living in London on a rapidly - running-out student visa.’
    • ‘He was also concerned that a watered-down plan would not have strong U.S. and Egyptian backing, which is viewed as crucial to a successful implementation.’
    • ‘It followed on a decision by the EU Beef Management Committee in Brussels yesterday and last week's decision by the Egyptian authorities to loosen the conditions for trade.’
    • ‘While immediately unsatisfying, his constitutional amendments could make a significant impact on Egyptian politics in the middle to long term.’
    • ‘It also says that one of the group's first hotels was sold to the Egyptian government as a result of arbitration proceedings in 1989.’
    • ‘They also of course provide a commentary on Egyptian society, particularly the ebb and flow of internal migration and the formation of relationships of utility and trust.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to the culture or language of ancient Egypt.
      ‘an Egyptian obelisk’
      • ‘Among the most notable artifacts is the last remaining slab of the Rosetta Stone, circa 196 B.C., used to decipher ancient Egyptian language.’
      • ‘Because scholars knew Greek, they were able to use the Rosetta Stone to unlock the mysteries of the ancient Egyptian language.’
      • ‘Tax collectors appear on Egyptian tomb paintings from 2000 BC, and St Matthew, one of the 12 disciples, was a tax collector.’
      • ‘Coptic, a late form of ancient Egyptian language, was the common speech of Egypt and was used by the Coptic church in its liturgy.’
      • ‘Not only is it 5,000 years old, but its decoration - showing a boat carrying a body curled in the foetal position - may be one of the earliest images of an Egyptian burial on a ceramic vessel in the world.’
      • ‘It was through Christianity that the Egyptian culture survived the Roman Dominion.’
      • ‘Once discovered, the stone was used to unlock the ancient Egyptian language.’
      • ‘A neat example is found in Coptic, the latest form of the ancient Egyptian language.’
      • ‘However, evidence from other eras in ancient Egyptian history points to precisely these possibilities.’
      • ‘Ancient Egyptian history is typically divided into the Pre-dynastic and Dynastic eras.’
      • ‘Through research into ancient civilizations, Ms. Davis provides a plausible connection between ancient Egyptian culture and alien contact.’
      • ‘In its attempt to inform the public of ancient Egyptian culture, the Field Museum fails to paint a complete and informative picture.’
      • ‘This strength confirms that women had a higher position in ancient Egyptian culture than in other societies at the time.’
      • ‘It also determined the lifecycle of society and helped to create the world view of ancient Egyptian civilization.’
      • ‘Meg Cabot's story is completely fictional with some real elements such as the clothes they wore in the 1800s, how they treated women, and the Egyptian tombs.’
      • ‘Quilted garments are depicted on ancient Egyptian sculpture and appear as medieval armor and eighteenth century petticoats.’
      • ‘The reign of the pharaoh Amenhotep III marks the zenith of ancient Egyptian civilisation, both in terms of political power and cultural achievement.’
      • ‘Today, visitors to Tyre can explore the ancient Egyptian harbour with its beautifully preserved Roman and Byzantine remains of the city.’
      • ‘Perhaps, also, she felt, as many have, that ancient Egyptian culture had an unchanging idea of truth to a degree beyond any other society.’
      • ‘Ancient Egyptian mathematics was based on two very elementary concepts.’


  • 1A native of ancient or modern Egypt, or a person of Egyptian descent.

    • ‘The ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese regularly used magnets in healing.’
    • ‘What help was there for ancient Egyptians when they were still alive?’
    • ‘Ancient Egyptians flattered themselves that they could outwit death itself.’
    • ‘Ancient Egyptians were reputed to have a knowledge of the blood circulatory system that would rival a doctor of today.’
    • ‘They even got a brief lesson in the curious arithmetic of the ancient Egyptians.’
    • ‘Like prehistoric man, some of the beliefs of the Egyptians were based on myths and legend.’
    • ‘How could the Egyptians have built the pyramids if they did not have enough people?’
    • ‘Early records indicate that the ancient Egyptians, men and women alike, shaved their hair off and wore wigs.’
    • ‘The visitor is shown how he would look as a typical ancient Egyptian.’
    • ‘Cannabis has been used as a medicine since the times of the Ancient Chinese and Egyptians.’
    • ‘The Egyptians could not press too hard for fear of Damascus, so they had to be patient.’
    • ‘The Egyptians knew Louis was coming and had despatched a strong force to oppose him.’
    • ‘The ancient Egyptians had the cross as a religious symbol of their Gods.’
    • ‘The ancient Egyptians used radish seed oil long before olive oil was first produced.’
    • ‘Maybe this is why the Egyptians were able to discover so many mathematical formulas.’
  • 2The Afro-Asiatic language used in ancient Egypt, attested from c.3000 BC. It is represented in its oldest stages by hieroglyphic inscriptions and in its latest form by Coptic; it has been replaced in modern use by Arabic.

    • ‘Newspapers were written in Arabic, English, or Egyptian.’
    • ‘The name sesame is one of the few words to have passed into modern languages from ancient Egyptian, in which it was sesemt.’
    • ‘The hieroglyphic inscription, although carved with hesitancy, is grammatically proper Egyptian.’
    • ‘Inscribed on them in ancient Egyptian, it is said, were the sacred writings of prophets - one of them called Mormon - documenting the origins of American civilisation.’
    • ‘Hieroglyphs were phonetic and the underlying language was Egyptian.’
    • ‘The task of decipherment had been completed; the new task of defining the grammar of ancient Egyptian could begin.’
    • ‘She taught Classical Languages (including Egyptian, Ancient Greek and Latin) at a Waldorf School for six years.’
    • ‘Dom spoke as if he had spoken Egyptian all his life.’
    • ‘The economy was a royal monopoly and so there was no word in Egyptian for ‘trader.’’
    • ‘Her learning of Greek and ancient Egyptian nourished her in ways she had never imagined and she began to thrive in Philae.’
    • ‘The stone, as you probably know, is inscribed with three forms of writing: Greek, hieroglyphic, and a less ornate, demotic form of Egyptian.’
    • ‘Half of the vocabulary of ancient Greek derives from ancient Egyptian.’
    • ‘The Appellant gave evidence in Egyptian, which was interpreted for the court.’