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1. A member of an ancient people living in Anatolia and northern Syria about 2000-1200 bc.
2. The Indo-European language of the Hittites.
Of or relating to the Hittites, their language, or their culture.
[From Hebrew ḥittî, from Akkadian ḫatti, from Hittite Hatti, land of the Hattians (indigenous inhabitants of Anatolia), of Proto-Hattic (language of the Hattians) origin.]
1. (Historical Terms) a member of an ancient people of Anatolia, who built a great empire in N Syria and Asia Minor in the second millennium bc
2. (Peoples) a member of an ancient people of Anatolia, who built a great empire in N Syria and Asia Minor in the second millennium bc
3. (Languages) the extinct language of this people, deciphered from cuneiform inscriptions found at Boǧazköy and elsewhere. It is clearly related to the Indo-European family of languages, although the precise relationship is disputed
(Historical Terms) of or relating to this people, their civilization, or their language
1. a member of a people of central Anatolia who were a significant power in Anatolia and Syria from c1900 to c1200 b.c.
2. their extinct Indo-European language, written in a cuneiform syllabary.adj.
3. of the Hittites or their language.
[1600–10; < Hebrew ḥitt(īm) Hittite (compare Hittite Khatti) + -ite1]
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|Noun||1.||Hittite - a member of an ancient people who inhabited Anatolia and northern Syria about 2000 to 1200 BC|
|2.||Hittite - the language of the Hittites and the principal language of the Anatolian group of languages; deciphered from cuneiform inscriptions|
|Adj.||1.||Hittite - of or relating to the Hittite people or their language or culture|