1. A member of an ancient people living in Anatolia and northern Syria about 2000-1200 BC.
2. The Indo-European language of the Hittites.
Of or relating to the Hittites, their language, or their culture.
[From Hebrew ḥittî, from Akkadian ḫatti, from Hittite Hatti, land of the Hattians (indigenous inhabitants of Anatolia), of Proto-Hattic (language of the Hattians) origin.]
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