Aramaic

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  • IPA(key): /ˌæɹ.ə.ˈmei.ɪk/

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From Aram, the place settled by Aramaeans; from the Aramaic ארם or ܐܪܡ (ʾarām).

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Aramaic (plural Aramaics)

  1. A subfamily of languages in the Northwest Semitic language group including (but not limited to):
  1. The language of the Aramaeans from the tenth century BC: often called Old Aramaic.
  2. The language of the administration in the Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian empires from the seventh to fourth centuries BC: often called Imperial Aramaic or Official Aramaic.
  3. The language of portions of the Hebrew Bible, mainly the books of Ezra and Daniel: often called Biblical Aramaic.
  4. The language of Jesus of Nazareth: a form of Galilean Aramaic.
  5. The language of Jewish targums, Midrash and the Talmuds.
  6. The liturgical language of various Christian churches: often called Syriac.
  7. The liturgical language of the Mandaeans: usually called Mandaic.

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Aramaic (not comparable)

  1. Referring to the Aramaic language, alphabet, culture or poetry.

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