noun Etymology: Latin syriacus Syrian, from Greek syriakos, from Syria, ancient country in Asia Date: 1605 1. a literary language based on an eastern Aramaic dialect and used as the literary and liturgical language by several Eastern Christian churches 2. Aramaic spoken by Christian communities • Syriac adjective

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  • Syriac — Syr i*ac, a. [L. Syriacus, from Syria: cf. F. syriaque.] Of or pertaining to Syria, or its language; as, the Syriac version of the Pentateuch. n. The language of Syria; especially, the ancient language of that country. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Syriac — [sir′ē ak΄] n. an Aramaic dialect that became the literary and liturgical language of the ancient Syrian Christian churches …   English World dictionary

  • Syriac —    (2 Kings 18:26; Ezra 4:7; Dan. 2:4), more correctly rendered Aramaic, including both the Syriac and the Chaldee languages. In the New Testament there are several Syriac words, such as Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? (Mark 15:34; Matt. 27:46… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Syriac — 1. noun /ˈsɪɹiˌæk/ a) An Aramaic language, part of the Semitic language family, specifically: The language of the kingdom of Osroene. b) A speaker of the Syriac language (see above) …   Wiktionary

  • Syriac — /sear ee ak /, n. a form of Aramaic used by various Eastern Churches. [ < L Syriacus < Gk Syriakós. See SYRIA, AC] * * * …   Universalium

  • Syriac — ISO 639 3 Code : syr ISO 639 2/B Code : syr ISO 639 2/T Code : syr ISO 639 1 Code : Scope : Macrolanguage Language Type : Living Individual languages : Identifier : aii Name: Assyrian Neo Aramaic Individual languages : Identifier : cld Name: Chal …   Names of Languages ISO 639-3

  • Syriac — n. form of Aramaic spoken in ancient Syria used by several Eastern Churches …   English contemporary dictionary

  • SYRIAC — Syriaca, Syriacae …   Abbreviations in Latin Inscriptions

  • Syriac — [ sɪrɪak] noun the language of ancient Syria, a western dialect of Aramaic …   English new terms dictionary

  • syriac — a. Syrian …   New dictionary of synonyms

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