from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. Proto-Indo-European. Also called Indo-Germanic.
- n. A member of any of the peoples speaking an Indo-European language.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A major language family which includes many of the native languages of Europe, Western Asia and India, with notable Indic, Iranian and European sub-branches.
- proper n. Proto-Indo-European: the hypothetical parent language of the Indo-European language family.
- n. A member of the original ethnolinguistic group hypothesized to have spoken Proto-Indo-European and thus to have been the ancestor for most of India and Western Eurasia.
- adj. Of or relating to the languages originally spoken in Europe and Western Asia.
- adj. Of or relating to the hypothetical parent language of the Indo-European language family. Also called Proto-Indo-European and abbreviated PIE.
- adj. Of or relating to the hypothetical group of peoples that spread Indo-European languages.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Aryan; -- applied to the languages of India and Europe which are derived from the prehistoric Aryan language; also, pertaining to the people or nations who speak these languages.
- A member of one of the Caucasian races of Europe or India speaking an Indo-European language.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of India and Europe: a term applied to a family of languages also called Aryan and sometimes Japhetic or Sanskritic or (by the Germans) Indo-Germanic, and generally classified into seven chief branches, viz. Indic or Indian (Sanskrit, Hindustani, etc.), Iranian or Persic (Zend, Pehlevi, Parsi, Persian, etc.), Celtic, Greek, Italic (Latin, Oscan, Umbrian, and the Romance tongues), Slavo-Lettic (Russian, Lithuanian, Lettish, etc.), and Teutonic or Germanic (including English, German, etc.).
- n. A member of one of the races speaking the Indo-European languages; an Aryan.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to the Indo-European language family
- n. a member of the prehistoric people who spoke Proto-Indo European
- n. the family of languages that by 1000 BC were spoken throughout Europe and in parts of southwestern and southern Asia
- adj. of or relating to the former Indo-European people
Coined in 1813 by Sir Thomas Young, from Indo- + European, relating to the geographical extremes in India and Europe (which was valid before the discovery of Tocharian languages in the early 20th century). (Wiktionary)