aramaic \ar`a*ma"ic\ (&?;), a. [see aram?an, a.] pertaining to aram, or to the territory, inhabitants, language, or literature of syria and mesopotamia; aram?an; -- specifically applied to the northern branch of the semitic family of languages, including syriac and chaldee. -- n. the aramaic language.
Aramaic (Aramaya, ) is a family of languages or dialects belonging to the Semitic family. More specifically, it is part of the Northwest Semitic subfamily, which also includes Canaanite languages such as Hebrew and Phoenician. The Aramaic script was widely adopted for other languages and is ancestral to both the Arabic and modern Hebrew alphabets. Accordingly, Jesus Christ, the central figure of Christianity, spoke the Aramaic dialect during his public ministry.
Semitic language of the Northern Central, or Northwestern, group that was originally spoken by the ancient Middle Eastern people known as Aramaeans. It was most closely related to Hebrew, Syriac, and Phoenician and was written in a script derived from the Phoenician alphabet.
Noun 1. a Semitic language originally of the ancient Arameans but still spoken by other people in southwestern Asia (hypernym) Semitic (hyponym) Biblical Aramaic 2. an alphabetical (or perhaps syllabic) script used since the 9th century BC to write the Aramaic language; many other scripts were subsequently derived from it (synonym) Aramaic script (hypernym) script Adjective 1. of or relating to the ancient Aramaic languages (pertainym) Aramaic
The Aramaic language. (a.)
Pertaining to Aram, or to the territory, inhabitants, language, or literature of Syria and Mesopotamia; Aramaean; -- specifically applied to the northern branch of the Semitic family of languages, including Syriac and Chaldee.