Definition of Egyptian in English:



  • 1Relating to Egypt or its people.

    • ‘He sees a growing number of veiled women on Cairo streets as a sign that Egyptian society is turning more religious.’
    • ‘An Egyptian sailor died in Brazil while unwittingly transporting an anthrax-laden suitcase from the Middle East.’
    • ‘It may be that leaving the Egyptian government to fend for itself could lead to a worse government in its place.’
    • ‘Beef consumption is continuing to recover and the re-opening of the Egyptian markets should become a practical reality shortly and should assist the cattle market in 2002.’
    • ‘Last night, his Irish-born wife, Stella, expressed relief that Egyptian police were satisfied that there had been a ‘genuine’ mistake.’
    • ‘While immediately unsatisfying, his constitutional amendments could make a significant impact on Egyptian politics in the middle to long term.’
    • ‘He was also concerned that a watered-down plan would not have strong U.S. and Egyptian backing, which is viewed as crucial to a successful implementation.’
    • ‘The reopening of the Egyptian market followed a trip between veterinary officers from this country which provided assurances to the Egyptians that the necessary safeguards are in place.’
    • ‘Indonesian exports to Egypt are mainly wood and paper products, crude palm oil and textiles, while Egyptian exports to Indonesia are mainly cotton waste, dates and fertilizer.’
    • ‘He plays Ali, a young Egyptian screenwriter living in London on a rapidly - running-out student visa.’
    • ‘It followed on a decision by the EU Beef Management Committee in Brussels yesterday and last week's decision by the Egyptian authorities to loosen the conditions for trade.’
    • ‘They also of course provide a commentary on Egyptian society, particularly the ebb and flow of internal migration and the formation of relationships of utility and trust.’
    • ‘‘I feel extremely humiliated,’ agreed the Egyptian writer.’
    • ‘Now, the Egyptian government must put its faith in its own people,’ she said.’
    • ‘In this respect, to say that something is an Egyptian phenomenon is an overstatement, and as such, it is necessary to first evaluate some of the sectors in Egyptian society.’
    • ‘It also says that one of the group's first hotels was sold to the Egyptian government as a result of arbitration proceedings in 1989.’
    • ‘The Egyptian government is selling off nationalised industries.’
    1. 1.1Relating to the culture or language of ancient Egypt.
      ‘an Egyptian obelisk’
      • ‘Coptic, a late form of ancient Egyptian language, was the common speech of Egypt and was used by the Coptic church in its liturgy.’
      • ‘In its attempt to inform the public of ancient Egyptian culture, the Field Museum fails to paint a complete and informative picture.’
      • ‘The reign of the pharaoh Amenhotep III marks the zenith of ancient Egyptian civilisation, both in terms of political power and cultural achievement.’
      • ‘A neat example is found in Coptic, the latest form of the ancient Egyptian language.’
      • ‘Because scholars knew Greek, they were able to use the Rosetta Stone to unlock the mysteries of the ancient Egyptian language.’
      • ‘Among the most notable artifacts is the last remaining slab of the Rosetta Stone, circa 196 B.C., used to decipher ancient Egyptian language.’
      • ‘Through research into ancient civilizations, Ms. Davis provides a plausible connection between ancient Egyptian culture and alien contact.’
      • ‘Perhaps, also, she felt, as many have, that ancient Egyptian culture had an unchanging idea of truth to a degree beyond any other society.’
      • ‘This strength confirms that women had a higher position in ancient Egyptian culture than in other societies at the time.’
      • ‘Once discovered, the stone was used to unlock the ancient Egyptian language.’
      • ‘Ancient Egyptian history is typically divided into the Pre-dynastic and Dynastic eras.’
      • ‘Quilted garments are depicted on ancient Egyptian sculpture and appear as medieval armor and eighteenth century petticoats.’
      • ‘However, evidence from other eras in ancient Egyptian history points to precisely these possibilities.’
      • ‘It also determined the lifecycle of society and helped to create the world view of ancient Egyptian civilization.’
      • ‘Today, visitors to Tyre can explore the ancient Egyptian harbour with its beautifully preserved Roman and Byzantine remains of the city.’
      • ‘Ancient Egyptian mathematics was based on two very elementary concepts.’
      • ‘It was through Christianity that the Egyptian culture survived the Roman Dominion.’
      • ‘Meg Cabot's story is completely fictional with some real elements such as the clothes they wore in the 1800s, how they treated women, and the Egyptian tombs.’
      • ‘Not only is it 5,000 years old, but its decoration - showing a boat carrying a body curled in the foetal position - may be one of the earliest images of an Egyptian burial on a ceramic vessel in the world.’
      • ‘Tax collectors appear on Egyptian tomb paintings from 2000 BC, and St Matthew, one of the 12 disciples, was a tax collector.’


  • 1A native of ancient or modern Egypt, or a person of Egyptian descent.

    • ‘What help was there for ancient Egyptians when they were still alive?’
    • ‘The ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese regularly used magnets in healing.’
    • ‘The ancient Egyptians had the cross as a religious symbol of their Gods.’
    • ‘They even got a brief lesson in the curious arithmetic of the ancient Egyptians.’
    • ‘Ancient Egyptians flattered themselves that they could outwit death itself.’
    • ‘The ancient Egyptians used radish seed oil long before olive oil was first produced.’
    • ‘Ancient Egyptians were reputed to have a knowledge of the blood circulatory system that would rival a doctor of today.’
    • ‘Early records indicate that the ancient Egyptians, men and women alike, shaved their hair off and wore wigs.’
    • ‘Cannabis has been used as a medicine since the times of the Ancient Chinese and Egyptians.’
    • ‘How could the Egyptians have built the pyramids if they did not have enough people?’
    • ‘Maybe this is why the Egyptians were able to discover so many mathematical formulas.’
    • ‘The Egyptians knew Louis was coming and had despatched a strong force to oppose him.’
    • ‘The Egyptians could not press too hard for fear of Damascus, so they had to be patient.’
    • ‘Like prehistoric man, some of the beliefs of the Egyptians were based on myths and legend.’
    • ‘The visitor is shown how he would look as a typical ancient Egyptian.’
  • 2mass noun The Afro-Asiatic language used in ancient Egypt, attested from c.3000 BC. It is represented in its oldest stages by hieroglyphic inscriptions and in its latest form by Coptic; it has been replaced in modern use by Arabic.

    • ‘The name sesame is one of the few words to have passed into modern languages from ancient Egyptian, in which it was sesemt.’
    • ‘Hieroglyphs were phonetic and the underlying language was Egyptian.’
    • ‘She taught Classical Languages (including Egyptian, Ancient Greek and Latin) at a Waldorf School for six years.’
    • ‘The task of decipherment had been completed; the new task of defining the grammar of ancient Egyptian could begin.’
    • ‘The economy was a royal monopoly and so there was no word in Egyptian for ‘trader.’’
    • ‘The hieroglyphic inscription, although carved with hesitancy, is grammatically proper Egyptian.’
    • ‘Newspapers were written in Arabic, English, or Egyptian.’
    • ‘Inscribed on them in ancient Egyptian, it is said, were the sacred writings of prophets - one of them called Mormon - documenting the origins of American civilisation.’
    • ‘The stone, as you probably know, is inscribed with three forms of writing: Greek, hieroglyphic, and a less ornate, demotic form of Egyptian.’
    • ‘Dom spoke as if he had spoken Egyptian all his life.’
    • ‘The Appellant gave evidence in Egyptian, which was interpreted for the court.’
    • ‘Her learning of Greek and ancient Egyptian nourished her in ways she had never imagined and she began to thrive in Philae.’
    • ‘Half of the vocabulary of ancient Greek derives from ancient Egyptian.’