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a. A family of languages consisting of most of the languages of Europe as well as those of Iran, the Indian subcontinent, and other parts of Asia.
2. A member of any of the peoples speaking an Indo-European language.
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1. (Languages) denoting, belonging to, or relating to a family of languages that includes English and many other culturally and politically important languages of the world: a characteristic feature, esp of the older languages such as Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit, is inflection showing gender, number, and case
2. (Languages) denoting or relating to the hypothetical parent language of this family, primitive Indo-European
3. (Peoples) denoting, belonging to, or relating to any of the peoples speaking these languages
4. (Languages) the Indo-European family of languages
5. (Languages) Also called: primitive Indo-European or Proto-Indo-European the reconstructed hypothetical parent language of this family
6. (Peoples) a member of the prehistoric people who spoke this language
7. (Historical Terms) a member of the prehistoric people who spoke this language
8. (Peoples) a descendant of this people or a native speaker of an Indo-European language
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In•do-Eu•ro•pe•an(ˈɪn doʊˌyʊər əˈpi ən)
1. a family of languages spoken or formerly spoken in Europe and SW, central, and S Asia, and carried by colonization and conquest since c1500 to many other parts of the world: major branches of Indo-European are Anatolian, Indo-Iranian, Armenian, Greek, Slavic, Baltic, Albanian, Germanic, Tocharian, Italic, and Celtic.
2. a member of any of the peoples speaking an Indo-European language.
a. the language ancestral to the Indo-European languages; Proto-Indo-European. Abbr.: IE
b. a speaker of this language.
4. of or pertaining to Indo-European or its speakers.
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|Noun||1.||Indo-European - a member of the prehistoric people who spoke Proto-Indo European|
|2.||Indo-European - the family of languages that by 1000 BC were spoken throughout Europe and in parts of southwestern and southern Asia|
natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
Proto-Indo European, PIE - a prehistoric unrecorded language that was the ancestor of all Indo-European languages
Albanian - the Indo-European language spoken by the people of Albania
Armenian language, Armenian - the Indo-European language spoken predominantly in Armenia, but also in Azerbaijan
Illyrian - a minor and almost extinct branch of the Indo-European languages; spoken along the Dalmatian coast
Thraco-Phrygian - an extinct branch of the Indo-European language family thought by some to be related to Armenian
Balto-Slavic, Balto-Slavic language, Balto-Slavonic - a family of Indo-European languages including the Slavic and Baltic languages
Germanic, Germanic language - a branch of the Indo-European family of languages; members that are spoken currently fall into two major groups: Scandinavian and West Germanic
Celtic, Celtic language - a branch of the Indo-European languages that (judging from inscriptions and place names) was spread widely over Europe in the pre-Christian era
Italic language, Italic - a branch of the Indo-European languages of which Latin is the chief representative
Tocharian - a branch of the Indo-European language family that originated in central Asia during the first millennium A.D.
Indo-Iranian, Indo-Iranian language - the branch of the Indo-European family of languages including the Indic and Iranian language groups
Anatolian, Anatolian language - an extinct branch of the Indo-European family of languages known from inscriptions and important in the reconstruction of Proto-Indo European
|Adj.||1.||Indo-European - of or relating to the Indo-European language family|
|2.||Indo-European - of or relating to the former Indo-European people; "Indo-European migrations"|
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