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 (ăm-hăr′ĭk, äm-hä′rĭk)
A Semitic language that is the official language of Ethiopia.

[After Amhara, a former kingdom of northwest Ethiopia.]

Am·har′ic adj.


(Languages) the official language of Ethiopia, belonging to the SE Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family
(Languages) denoting or relating to this language


(æmˈhær ɪk, ɑmˈhɑr-)
a Semitic language that is the official language of the Ethiopian state.
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Noun1.Amharic - the dominant and official language of Ethiopia; a Semitic language much influenced by the Cushitic language with which Amhara have been in close contact
Semitic - a major branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family
Adj.1.Amharic - related to or characteristic of or written in AmharicAmharic - related to or characteristic of or written in Amharic; "the Amharic language"


1. adjamarico/a
2. n (language) → amarico
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The region has its own language, Oromo, which is distinct from Ethiopia's official Amharic language, according to (http://www.
A 1923 map of Ethiopia, commissioned in the Amharic language by Prince Regent Haile Selassie after the country's entry into the League of Nations, exemplifies the use of cartography to instil a sense of national unity.
In Ethiopia, the Amharic language has an emotional architecture.
The festival took place in a joyful atmosphere at the headquarters of African Union in Addis Ababa on Saturday, and students coming from several countries including the US, Tunisia, Tajikistan and South Korea sang songs in Turkish as well as Amharic language, English, Arabian, French and German.
A book titled Iran compiled in Amharic language (a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia) was also unveiled during the ceremony.
Though criticized for being conservative and devoting much of her time to religious purposes, Empress Zewditu Menelik (the daughter and immediate successor of Emperor Menelik II) is credited for launching universal education to all school-age children (identified by the Empress as ages 7-21) in the Amharic language.
After manufacturing the world's first Amharic language mobile handsets (See African Business, February 2012), Ethiopians in one of the more remote regions of the country have turned their attention to mining, cutting and polishing the beautiful stones found in the region.
The stories of co-existence in Babylon, while seeking not to compromise the Rastafari revelation of human freedom, are thickly represented; the battle for space--bulldozing of Rasta settlements; the fact that Mortimo Planno lived in an abandoned car for four years; the search for a new and pure language with the teaching/learning of Amharic language in Kingston; the search for our history within and without the Bible; the ambivalence about education as presented officially/institutionally; and the thirst for genuine knowledge and sovereignty.
ESAT debuted with a series of reports on last week's elections--final results are due June 21--as well as a number of entertainment programs produced in the country's Amharic language.