from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A native or inhabitant of Egypt.
  • noun A person of Egyptian ancestry.
  • noun The now extinct Afro-Asiatic language of the ancient Egyptians.
  • adjective Of or relating to Egypt or its people or culture.
  • adjective Of or relating to the language of the ancient Egyptians.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to Egypt, a country in the northeastern part of Africa, in the valley and delta of the Nile.
  • Gipsy. See II., 2.
  • The gradual converging or sloping inward of most of its exterior wall-surfaces. This is especially noticeable in the pylons or monumental gateways standing singly or in series before its temples.
  • Roofs and covered ways, flat, and composed of immense blocks of stone, reaching from one wall or stone epistyle beam to another, the arch, although in all its forms of frequent use in drains and similar works, not being employed in architecture above ground, which holds consistently to the system of lintel-construction.
  • Columns, numerous, close, and massive, without bases, or with broad, flat, low bases, and exhibiting great variety in their capitals, from a simple square block to a wide-spreading bell, elaborately carved with palm-leaves or other forms suggested by vegetation, especially in some adaptation of the lotus plant, bud, or flower.
  • The employment of a large concave molding to crown the entablature, decorated with vertical flutings or leaves.
  • Walls and columns decorated with a profusion of sculptures in incised outline, often of admirable precision (see cavo-rilievo), or in low relief, representing divinities, men, and animals, with innumerable hieroglyphics, brilliant and true, though simple, coloring being superadded. A remarkable feature of Egyptian architecture is the grandeur of its mechanical operations, as in cutting, polishing, sculpturing, and transporting enormous blocks of limestone and of granite, and in its stupendous excavations in the solid rock. The prototype of the Greek Doric order is to be sought in such Egyptian columnar structures as the grotto-façades of Beni-Hassan; and from the Egyptian lotus carvings and decoration were developed many characteristic Assyrian decorative motives, as well as the Ionic capital and the graceful anthemion-molding of Greece. See mastaba, obelisk, pylon, pyramid, syrinx, 2, etc.
  • noun A native of Egypt; a member of any of the different races constituting the permanent population of Egypt; more specifically, a member or a descendant of the ancient Egyptian race or races, supposed to be now represented chiefly by the Copts and the fellahs or peasantry, as distinguished from the Arabs and other later settlers.
  • noun A gipsy.
  • noun One of a class of wandering impostors, Welsh or English, who disguise themselves as gipsies and live by telling fortunes, stealing, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to Egypt, in Africa.
  • adjective (Bot.) See under Bean, 1.
  • adjective See Illust. (No. 6) of Cross.
  • adjective (Bot.) a medium-sized tree (Acacia vera). It is one of the chief sources of the best gum arabic.
  • noun A native, or one of the people, of Egypt; also, the Egyptian language.
  • noun obsolete A gypsy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, from, or pertaining to Egypt, the Egyptian people or the Egyptian language.
  • noun A person from Egypt or of Egyptian descent.
  • noun obsolete A gypsy.
  • proper noun The Afro-Asiatic language spoken in ancient Egypt.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a native or inhabitant of Egypt
  • adjective of or relating to or characteristic of Egypt or its people or their language
  • noun the ancient and now extinct language of Egypt under the Pharaohs; written records date back to 3000 BC


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