Dictionary: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z


[fi-nish-uh n, -nee-shuh n] /fɪˈnɪʃ ən, -ˈni ʃən/

a native or inhabitant of .
the extinct Semitic language of the Phoenicians.
of or relating to , its people, or their language.
noting or pertaining to the script used for the writing of Phoenician from the 11th century b.c. or earlier and from which were derived the Greek, Roman, and all other Western alphabets.
/fəˈniːʃən; -ˈnɪʃɪən/
a member of an ancient Semitic people of NW Syria who dominated the trade of the ancient world in the first millennium bc and founded colonies throughout the Mediterranean
the extinct language of this people, belonging to the Canaanitic branch of the Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family
of or relating to Phoenicia, the Phoenicians, or their language

late 14c., from Middle French phenicien, from Latin Phoenice, from Greek Phoinike “Phoenicia” (including Carthage), perhaps literally “land of the purple” (i.e., source of purple dye, the earliest use of which was ascribed to the Phoenicians by the Greeks). Identical with phoenix (q.v.), but the relationship is obscure. In reference to a language from 1836; as an adjective from c.1600.


Read Also:

  • Phoenix

    [fee-niks] /ˈfi nɪks/ noun 1. (sometimes initial capital letter) a mythical bird of great beauty fabled to live 500 or 600 years in the Arabian wilderness, to burn itself on a funeral pyre, and to rise from its ashes in the freshness of youth and live through another cycle of years: often an emblem of […]

  • Phoenix-islands

    plural noun 1. a group of eight coral islands in the central Pacific: part of Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands). 11 sq. mi. (28 sq. km). plural noun 1. a group of eight coral islands in the central Pacific: administratively part of Kiribati. Area: 28 sq km (11 sq miles). The islands and surrounding waters form […]

  • Phokomelia

    [foh-koh-mee-lee-uh, -meel-yuh] /ˌfoʊ koʊˈmi li ə, -ˈmil yə/ noun, Pathology. 1. . [foh-koh-mee-lee-uh, -meel-yuh] /ˌfoʊ koʊˈmi li ə, -ˈmil yə/ noun, Pathology. 1. a usually congenital deformity of the extremities in which the limbs are abnormally short. /ˌfəʊkəʊˈmiːlɪə/ noun 1. a congenital deformity resulting from prenatal interference with the development of the fetal limbs, characterized […]

  • Pholidota

    [fol-i-doh-tuh] /ˌfɒl ɪˈdoʊ tə/ noun 1. the order comprising the pangolins.

Disclaimer: Phoenician definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.