from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of an ancient people living in Anatolia and northern Syria about 2000-1200 B.C.
- n. The Indo-European language of the Hittites.
- adj. Of or relating to the Hittites, their language, or their culture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person of the Hittite Kingdom, a Bronze Age kingdom of Anatolia.
- proper n. An ancient Indo-European language of the Anatolian branch, attested from the 16th century BC until the 13th century BC.
- adj. Of or relating to the Hittite people.
- adj. Of or relating to the Hittite language.
- adj. Of or relating to the Hittite Kingdom, located in central Anatolia (modern Turkey), that flourished from about 1800 to 1400 BCE.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A member of an ancient people (or perhaps group of peoples) whose settlements extended from Armenia westward into Asia Minor and southward into Palestine. They are known to have been met along the Orontes as early as 1500 b. c., and were often at war with the Egyptians and Assyrians. Especially in the north they developed a considerable civilization, of which numerous monuments and inscriptions are extant. Authorities are not agreed as to their race. While several attempts have been made to decipher the Hittite characters, little progress has yet been made.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a powerful ancient people, probably not Semitic, of northern Syria and parts of Asia Minor.
- Of or pertaining to the Hittites.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to the Hittite people or their language or culture
- n. a member of an ancient people who inhabited Anatolia and northern Syria about 2000 to 1200 BC
- n. the language of the Hittites and the principal language of the Anatolian group of languages; deciphered from cuneiform inscriptions
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined erroneously in the early 20th century in confusion with the neighbouring Hattites (Hattic) whose language was recorded in discovered texts as hasili. It is now known that the Hittites called themselves nesili ("pertaining to the city of Nesa"), hence the less popular alternative name Nesite or Neshite. (Wiktionary)