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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.
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(Languages) the official language of Ethiopia, belonging to the SE Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family
(Languages) denoting or relating to this language
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(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"
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1. adjamarico/a
2. n (language) → amarico
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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.
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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.
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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. Her education proclamation in 1929 stated: