Meaning of Tigrayan in English:


Pronunciation /tɪˈɡreɪən/


(also Tigrean)
  • Relating to or characteristic of the Ethiopian province of Tigray or its people.

    ‘the tiny Tigrayan minority community’
    • ‘During the colonial era, Italy briefly ruled Tigrayan lands.’
    • ‘Among the first peoples to inhabit Ethiopia were Ge'ez speaking agrarians, who settled in the Tigrayan highlands around 2000 BC.’
    • ‘At the same time he adopted the name of a Tigrayan nationalist student who had been killed by the regime.’
    • ‘There are still few Western-trained physicians and life expectancy is low in Tigrayan areas.’
    • ‘Many Tigrayan churches were cut into cliffs or from single blocks of stone, as they were in Turkey and in parts of Greece.’


(also Tigrean)
  • A native or inhabitant of the Ethiopian province of Tigray.

    ‘they would prefer the leadership to remain in the hands of a Tigrayan’
    • ‘The regions of Ethiopia and Eritrea where most Tigrayans live are high plateau, separated from the Red Sea by an escarpment) and a desert.’
    • ‘The Tigrayans, in fact, had been converted to Christianity hundreds of years before most of Europe.’
    • ‘Today roughly half the Tigrayans live in Ethiopia and the other half in Eritrea.’
    • ‘What is certain is the federal government in Addis Ababa, dominated by Orthodox Christian Tigrayans and Amharans, is determined the insurgents' aims will not be achieved by violence.’
    • ‘His administration is dominated by minority Tigrayans.’