- (especially formerly) the non-Semitic branches of the Afroasiatic language family.
- of or relating to the Hamites or Hamitic.
- a group of N African languages related to Semitic. They are now classified in four separate subfamilies of the Afro-Asiatic family: Egyptian, Berber, Cushitic, and Chadic
- denoting, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages
- denoting, belonging to, or characteristic of the Hamites
language group that included ancient Egyptian, Berber, Galla, etc.; 1842, from Ham, second son of Noah (Gen. ix:18-19).