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Classical Syriac[edit]

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From Ancient Greek κλεῖδα (kleîda), accusative singular form of κλείς (kleís), from Proto-Indo-European *kleh₂us (nail, pin, hook - instruments, of old use for locking doors). Compare Arabic إِقْلِيد (ʾiqlīd), Hebrew קְלִיד (qəlîḏ), Persian کلید (kelid), and Turkish kilit.


  • IPA(key): [q(ə)liðɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [q(ə)liðe(ʔ)] (plural)


ܩܠܝܕܐ (qlīḏām (plural ܩܠܝܕܐ)

  1. key
  2. clasp, buckle



  • qlyd”, in The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College, 1986–
  • Costaz, Louis (2002) Dictionnaire syriaque-français : Syriac–English Dictionary, 3rd edition, Beirut: Dar El-Machreq, p. 320b
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 506b
  • Sokoloff, Michael (2009) A Syriac Lexicon: A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum, Winona Lake, Indiana; Piscataway, New Jersey: Eisenbrauns; Gorgias Press, p. 1370a-b