Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Semitic language of Eritrea, where it is the official language, and of northern Ethiopia.

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  • proper n. A Semitic language of Eritrea and Ethiopia. It is written in the Ge'ez alphabet.

Etymologies

Tigrinya ትግርኛ (t‌əgr‌əña). The spelling Tigrigna came via Italian. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • An outlet that would cater for the whole of Eritrea in Arabic, Tigrinya and English, a media outlet that would weed out exclusion.

    American Chronicle

  • You get to know them, and after a while you even learn to say, “Hello—how are you this morning?” in their language which is not Amharic, but either Tigrinya or Tigre.

    In the Valley of the Shadow

  • Volunteers must be fluent in English and at least one of these languages: French, Amharic, Tigrinya (Ethiopian), Arabic or Farsi.

    Fairfax County volunteer opportunities

  • Volunteers must be fluent in English and at least one of the following languages: French, Amharic, Tigrinya (Ethiopian), Arabic or Farsi.

    Fairfax County volunteer opportunities

  • They are divided into two distinct linguistic entities speaking Amharic and Tigrinya respectively.

    Ethiopian Jewish Women.

  • The ‘book’ turned out to be a phone book that contained writings in the Tigrinya alphabet, commonly used in Eritrea.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » 300 Years Behind the Times

  • Ethnic groups: Tigrinya 50%, Tigre and Kunama 40%, Afar 4%, Saho (Red Sea coast dwellers) 3%, other 3%

    Eritrea

  • SALLY GRAHAM, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Poet laureate Reesom Haile believed Tigrinya, one of the major languages of Eritrea, could, as he often said, resurrect a nation.

    CNN Transcript Jan 24, 2004

  • In Brussels, dipping crusty bread into melted butter, as piles of mussel shells grew higher and higher, I came to see Reesom Haile -- poet, artist -- as the Engera (ph) -- the traditional bread of Eritrea that nurtures and sustains Tigrinya speakers and, through translation, admirers worldwide.

    CNN Transcript Jan 24, 2004

  • He's on a mission to celebrate and preserve Tigrinya, his native language.

    CNN Transcript Jun 16, 2001

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