Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɹəʊ̯təʊ̯ˌɪndəʊ̯ˌjʊɹəˈpiən/, (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɹoʊ̯toʊ̯ˌɪndoʊ̯ˌjɝəˈpiən/
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- (linguistics, uncountable) The reconstructed ancestor language or protolanguage of the Indo-European family of languages, which includes most European and Indian languages.
- (dated) Proto-Indo-Germanic
ancestor language of most European and Indian languages
person who spoke the Proto-Indo-European language
Proto-Indo-European (not comparable)
- (linguistics, anthropology) Of or pertaining to the Proto-Indo-European language, or the people who spoke it.
pertaining to the Proto-Indo-European language, or the people who spoke it
Proto-Indo-European is the hypothetical ancestor language of many languages, including the following major groups:
- Wiktionary's coverage of Proto-Indo-European terms
- Appendix:Proto-Indo-European Swadesh list for a Swadesh list of basic vocabulary words in Proto-Indo-European