The English Language

Borrowed Words From
Akkadian

6 Words Listed


Akkadian Language Notes

Akkadian is the extinct Language of the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia (the modern day Iraq). The language is a member of the Afro-Asiatic family.

The list of words here includes some of the oldest words borrowed into English. Many of these words came to English via Hebrew or Greek.


WordMeaningNotes
Babel from 'babul' - gate of God Ancient city.
Babylon from 'babul' - gate of God Ancient capital city.
cherub gracious  
dragoman interpreter  
Orion from 'Uru Anna' - light of heaven A constellation.
ziggurat pinnacle A type of temple.

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