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Hittite adj : of or relating to the Hittite people or their language or culture


1 a member of an ancient people who inhabited Anatolia and northern Syria about 2000 to 1200 BC
2 the language of the Hittites and the principal language of the Anatolian group of languages; deciphered from cuneiform inscriptions

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Coined erroneously in the early 20th century in confusion with the neighbouring Hattites (Hattic) whose language was recorded in discovered texts as hasili. It is now known that the Hittites called themselves nesili, hence the less popular alternative name Nesite or Neshite.


  1. A person of the Hittite Kingdom.

Proper noun

  1. The Hittite language.


  1. Of or relating to the Hittite people.
  2. Of or relating to the Hittite language which is derived from Proto-Indo-European.
  3. Of or relating to the Hittite Kingdom, located in central Anatolia (modern Turkey), that flourished from about 1800 to 1400 BCE.

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Hittite in French: Hittite
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