proper noun (plural: Aramaics)
- A language in the Semitic language group:
- The language of the Aramaeans from the tenth century BC.
- The language of the administration in the Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian empires from the seventh to fourth centuries BC.
- The language of portions of the Hebrew Bible, mainly the books of Ezra and Daniel.
- The language of Jesus of Nazareth.
- The language of Jewish targums, midrash and the Talmuds.
- The liturgical language of various Christian churchs: often called Syriac.
- The liturgical language of the Mandaeans: usually called Mandaic.
Etymology: From the English Aram, the place settled by Aramaeans; from the Aramaic ÜÜÜÜÜ, ÊarÄm.
- Referring to the Aramaic language, alphabet, culture or poetry.
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