designating or of the Semites or their languages or cultures
Origin of SemiticGerman semitisch ; from Modern Latin Semiticus ; from Semita: see Semite
a major subfamily of the Afroasiatic family of languages, including Arabic, Akkadian, Canaanite, Aramaic, Hebrew, and Ethiopic
- Of or relating to the Semites or their languages or cultures.
- Of, relating to, or constituting a subgroup of the Afro-Asiatic language group that includes Arabic, Hebrew, Amharic, and Aramaic.
- The Semitic languages.
- Any of the Semitic languages.
Origin of SemiticNew Latin S&emacron;miticus, from S&emacron;mita, Semite, from Late Latin S&emacron;m, Shem, eponymous ancestor of the Semites, from Greek, from Hebrew Š&emacron;m.