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A Semitic language originally of the ancient Arameans but widely used by non-Aramean peoples throughout southwest Asia. Also called Aramean, Chaldean.
(Languages) an ancient language of the Middle East, still spoken in parts of Syria and the Lebanon, belonging to the NW Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family. Originally the speech of Aram, in the 5th century bc it spread to become the lingua franca of the Persian empire. See also Biblical Aramaic
(Languages) of, relating to, or using this language
Ar•a•ma•ic(ˌær əˈmeɪ ɪk)
1. the western Semitic language of the Aramaeans, from c300 B.C. to A.D. 650 a lingua franca in SW Asia and the everyday speech of Palestine, Syria, and Mesopotamia: supplanted by Arabic.adj.
2. of or pertaining to Aramaic.
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|Noun||1.||Aramaic - a Semitic language originally of the ancient Arameans but still spoken by other people in southwestern Asia|
Semitic - a major branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family
Biblical Aramaic - the form of Aramaic that was spoken in Palestine in the time of the New Testament
|2.||Aramaic - an alphabetical (or perhaps syllabic) script used since the 9th century BC to write the Aramaic language; many other scripts were subsequently derived from it|
script - a particular orthography or writing system
|Adj.||1.||Aramaic - of or relating to the ancient Aramaic languages|