Indo-European In`do-Eu`ro*pe"an, a. 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; as, the Indo-European or Aryan family. [1913 Webster]

The common origin of the Indo-European nations. --Tylor. [1913 Webster]

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  • Indo-European — 1814, coined by physician, physicist and Egyptologist Thomas Young (1773 1829) and first used in an article in the Quarterly Review, from Indo , comb. form of Gk. Indos India + EUROPEAN (Cf. European). Common to India and Europe, specifically in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Indo-European — [in΄dō yoor΄ə pē′ən] adj. designating or of a family of languages that includes most of those spoken in Europe and many of those spoken in southwestern Asia and India n. 1. the Indo European family of languages: its principal branches are… …   English World dictionary

  • Indo-European — ► NOUN 1) the family of languages spoken over the greater part of Europe and Asia as far as northern India. 3) a speaker of an Indo European language. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to Indo European languages …   English terms dictionary

  • Indo-European — In do Eu ro*pe an A member of one of the Caucasian races of Europe or India speaking an Indo European language. Professor Otto Schrader . . . considers that the oldest probable domicile of the Indo Europeans is to be sought for on the common… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Indo-European — adj the Indo European group of languages includes English, French, Hindi, Russian, and most of the other languages of Europe and northern India …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Indo-European — /in doh yoor euh pee euhn/, n. 1. a large, widespread family of languages, the surviving branches of which include Italic, Slavic, Baltic, Hellenic, Celtic, Germanic, and Indo Iranian, spoken by about half the world s population: English, Spanish …   Universalium

  • Indo-European — In•do Eu•ro•pe•an [[t]ˈɪn doʊˌyʊər əˈpi ən[/t]] n. 1) peo a family of languages spoken or formerly spoken in Europe and SW, central, and S Asia, and carried by colonization and conquest since c1500 to many other parts of the world: major branches …   From formal English to slang

  • Indo-European — 1. noun a) 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. b) Proto Indo European …   Wiktionary

  • Indo-European — noun 1》 the ancestral Proto Indo European language. 2》 the family of languages spoken over the greater part of Europe and Asia as far as northern India. 3》 a speaker of an Indo European language, especially Proto Indo European. adjective relating …   English new terms dictionary

  • Indo-European — I. adjective Date: 1813 of, relating to, or constituting the Indo European languages II. noun Date: 1832 1. a. a member of the people speaking an unrecorded prehistoric language from which the Indo European languages are descended b. this… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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