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official language of Ethiopia
pertaining to the Amharic language (language of Ethiopia); written in Amharic

\am*har"ic\ (&?;), a. of or pertaining to amhara, a division of abyssinia; as, the amharic language is closely allied to the ethiopic. -- n. the amharic language (now the chief language of abyssinia).

Amharic ( or ; Amharic: አማርኛ , ) is a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia. It is the second-most spoken Semitic language in the world, after Arabic, and the official working language of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Thus, it has official status and is used nationwide. Amharic is also the official or working language of several of the states within the federal system. It has been the working language of government, the military, and the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church throughout medieval and modern times. Outside Ethiopia, Amharic is the language of some 2.7 million emigrants. It is written (left-to-right) using Amharic Fidel, ፊደል, which grew out of the Ge'ez abugida—called, in Ethiopian Semitic languages, ፊደል fidel ("alphabet", "letter", or "character") and አቡጊዳ abugida (from the first four Ethiopic letters, which gave rise to the modern linguistic term abugida).

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Amharic is a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia since the 13th century when it succeeded Geez or Ethiopic.
The language is: Amharic

1. the dominant and official language of Ethiopia; a semitic language much influenced by the Cushitic language with which Amhara people have been in close contact
(synonym) Ethiopian language
(hypernym) Semitic
1. related to or characteristic of or written in Amharic; "the Amharic language"
(pertainym) Amharic, Ethiopian language

The Amharic language (now the chief language of Abyssinia).
Of or pertaining to Amhara, a division of Abyssinia; as, the Amharic language is closely allied to the Ethiopic.

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