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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to ancient Illyria or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
  • noun A member of one of the ancient peoples that inhabited Illyria.
  • noun An extinct Indo-European language spoken in Illyria and known only from scattered personal and geographical names preserved in Greek and Roman sources.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The language of Illyria, or the group of ancient dialects represented by the modern Albanian; also applied to the modern Slavic dialects of the same or adjacent districts.
  • Pertaining to Illyria or Illyricum, an ancient region east of the Adriatic, comprising in its widest extent modern Albania, Bosnia, Servia, Croatia, Dalmatia, etc., conquered by the Romans and made a province, and later a prefecture.
  • Pertaining to modern Illyria, a titular kingdom of Austria-Hungary, comprising at present Carinthia, Carniola, and the Maritime Territory.
  • Pertaining to the modern Serbo-Croatian race or language.
  • noun A native of ancient Illyricum. The Illyrians were perhaps allied to the Thracians, and are now represented by the Albanians.
  • noun An inhabitant of the modern titular kingdom of Illyria.
  • noun A member of the Serbo-Croatian race, now living in the territory of ancient Illyricum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to Illyria or Illyrians.
  • adjective In the Illyrian language.
  • proper noun an inhabitant of ancient Illyria
  • proper noun extinct Indo-European language or languages spoken at the North-West Balkans
  • proper noun an inhabitant of Roman province of Illyricum (Illyro-Roman)
  • proper noun an old term for South Slavs, especially Croats, used in 17th-19th centuries
  • proper noun a proposed term for Proto-Albanians
  • proper noun a member of the Illyrian movement

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

  • noun a minor and almost extinct branch of the Indo-European languages; spoken along the Dalmatian coast

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