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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.

Ar′a·ma′ic adj.
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(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
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(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.
2. of or pertaining to Aramaic.
[1825–35; < Greek aramaî(os) of Aram + -ic]
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Noun1.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
Assyrian Neo-Aramaic, Assyrian - the language of modern Iraq
Mandaean, Mandean - the form of Aramaic used by the Mandeans
2.Aramaic - an alphabetical (or perhaps syllabic) script used since the 9th century BC to write the Aramaic languageAramaic - 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
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[ˌærəˈmeɪɪk] Narameo m
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1. n (language) → aramaico
2. adjaramaico/a
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Aramaic as an extant language that, until recently, was spoken on the streets by an ancient people living in modern times.
Targum Song of Songs and Late Jewish Literary Aramaic: Language, Lexicon, Text, and Translation
Tartous, SANA --The Fortress of Solomon is an ancient Aramaic temple consisting of a fence build of huge stones and a temple in the middle.
Across the Levant, and into the modern-day countries of Iraq and Iran, archaeologists have discovered hundreds of ceramic objects that they refer to as "demon bowls." Also known as "incantation bowls," these handheld, shallow, earthenware pots are decorated with an elaborate, delicate Aramaic script circling around their rims, oftentimes with an illustration of a demon at their center.
Christian Palestinian Aramaic (hereafter, CPA) (1) belongs to the western group of the late ancient Aramaic languages that flourished from the 3rd century of the Christian era to the rise of Islam, along with Samaritan Aramaic and Jewish Palestinian Aramaic.
Aramaic, which originated in the Levant (Syria, Lebanon and northern Israel) became the official language of the Persian Empire, which reached from Afghanistan to Egypt, but was finally defeated by Alexander the Great in 332 BC.
Many Israelis would be surprised to learn of an Aramean people living here, but their language -- the Semitic language used in ancient times in the Land of Israel and its environs -- is known to every Hebrew speaker, since many Aramaic words made their way into contemporary Hebrew.
They are Semites and speak a dialect of Eastern Aramaic known as Mandaic.
For example, if future anthropologists stumbled upon the utterance parco el carro, they might agonize over the fact that it doesn't conform to 21st-century textbooks of either Spanish or English because it is border Spanglish for "I'm parking the car." Abra kadabrah is not "textbook" ancient Jewish Aramaic (no written grammars or textbooks of any kind existed back then), but it conforms well to what we know of the somewhat mixed, somewhat improvised Aramaic used by Jews in the Middle Ages, and which we find in Kabbalistic texts and even the prayer book.
Houston, TX, March 12, 2014 --( By researching the Quran in Arabic and the four Gospels of the Bible in Aramaic, a language common to most of the Middle East in the 7th century A.D., a University of Houston (UH) professor says he has established links between the Quran and the Bible.
Apart from the general introduction to the series, each volume has the Torah text in Hebrew, the Targum in Aramaic, an English translation of the Targum, a page-by-page commentary, an appendix with additional notes, a section of Onkelos highlights and discussion points, and the Hebrew text of the haftarot with a translation of their Aramaic Targumim.