noun an extinct Italic language of southern Italy, related to Umbrian and surviving in inscriptions mainly of the 4th to 1st centuries BC.
adjective relating to Oscan.
C16: from L. Oscus 'Oscan' + -an.

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  • Oscan — [äs′kən] n. [< L Oscus, Oscan + AN] 1. a member of an ancient people that lived in Campania, in S Italy 2. the Italic language of this people adj. of the Oscans or their language or culture …   English World dictionary

  • Oscan — Os can, a. Of or pertaining to the Osci, a primitive people of Campania, a province of ancient Italy. n. The language of the Osci. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Oscan — ancient people of southern Italy, 1590s, from L. Osci, Opsci (pl.) Oscans, lit. worshippers of Ops, a harvest goddess, the name related to L. ops (gen. opis) abundance, plenty, wealth, riches …   Etymology dictionary

  • Oscan — 1. adjective Of or pertaining to the Oscan language or Oscan people, or their writing system. 2. noun a) A member of an ancient group of Italic speaking peoples of Campania (the Osci). b) The language of the Oscan people …   Wiktionary

  • Oscan — Os•can [[t]ˈɒs kən[/t]] n. 1) peo an Italic language spoken in much of central and S Italy: gradually supplanted by Latin after the absorption of the area by Rome in the 3rd century b.c. 2) peo a member of any of the Oscan speaking peoples of… …   From formal English to slang

  • Oscan — noun Etymology: Latin Oscus Date: 1753 1. a member of a people of ancient Italy occupying Campania 2. the language of the Oscan people see Indo European languages table …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Oscan — n. & adj. n. the ancient language of Campania in Italy, related to Latin and surviving only in inscriptions. adj. relating to or written in Oscan. Etymology: L Oscus …   Useful english dictionary

  • Oscan — /os keuhn/, n. 1. one of an ancient people of south central Italy. 2. the Indo European, probably Italic, language of the Oscans, written in an alphabet derived from the Etruscan. adj. 3. of or pertaining to the Oscans or their language. [1590… …   Universalium

  • oscan — toscan …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • Oscan — ISO 639 3 Code : osc ISO 639 2/B Code : ISO 639 2/T Code : ISO 639 1 Code : Scope : Individual Language Type : Ancient …   Names of Languages ISO 639-3

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