Definitions

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

  • n. A Semitic language that is the official language of Ethiopia.

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  • proper n. A Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Amhara, a division of Abyssinia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The modern cultivated language of Abyssinia.
  • n. See Abyssinian languages .

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. related to or characteristic of or written in Amharic
  • n. the dominant and official language of Ethiopia; a Semitic language much influenced by the Cushitic language with which Amhara have been in close contact

Etymologies

After Amhara, a former kingdom of northwest Ethiopia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Their publication program of books in English and Amharic is notable with Jane Kurtz as one of their principal authors and a system in place to support Ethiopian illustrators for their books.

    February 2009

  • Silly Mammo is the first book that the EBCEF has published in three languages: alongside the pictures are parallel texts in English, Amharic and Sidama - the local language of the region round Awassa.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • He knew Abyssinia inside out, spoke Amharic, which is the principal lingo of the country, and had been drill instructor in the service of Emperor Theodore, who had particularly admired his party trick of cleaving a sheep in two (lengthwise, God help us) with a single sword-stroke.

    Flashman on the March

  • The narrow cloisters were packed with humanity, and as they made their way through the press, with the honour guard of acolytes clearing a way for them, black faces called Amharic greetings and black hands reached out to touch them.

    The Seventh Scroll

  • That meant programmers writing in scripts such as Amharic or Cherokee, which have been added since then, can't use their characters in tag or attribute names.

    Channel Register

  • In order to write a word in Amharic, you’d take one letter and make a slight deviation.

    Manchild in the Promised Land

  • People have to have a voice that connects them to their community, says Hussien Mohamed, director of Sagal Radio Services, a non-profit group that since 1998 has provided weekly programs in Somali, Swahili, Amharic and Bhutanese-Nepali to Atlanta area stations.

    Radio stations speak your language

  • 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

  • ETHIOPIAN CULTURE CELEBRATION, a performance of "Macbeth" translated to Amharic, plus short Ethiopian comedy plays and poetry readings. 4 p.m.,

    Montgomery County community calendar, Sept. 30-Oct. 7, 2010

  • 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

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