A black or dark-skinned person; a black African; (occasionally) an Ethiopian.
1Of or relating to Ethiopia; Ethiopian.
2Black or dark (literally or figuratively).
Old English; earliest use found in Orosius' History. From classical Latin Aethiops (genitive Aethiopis) (noun) inhabitant of Ethiopia, Ethiopian, black man, (adjective) of or connected with Ethiopia, Ethiopian from ancient Greek Αἰθιοπ-, Αἰθίοψ (noun and adjective) Ethiopian; of uncertain origin.