Classical SyriacEdit


From the root ܡ-ܠ-ܠ ‎(m-l-l) related to speaking. Compare Hebrew מִלָּה ‎(millâ). The sense of "logos" is a calque of Ancient Greek λόγος ‎(lógos).


  • IPA(key): [mɛl(lə)θɑ(ʔ)]


ܡܠܬܐ ‎(mellṯāc ‎(plural ܡܠܐ)

  1. word
  2. meaning, definition
  3. saying, sentence, statement
  4. (grammar) verb; voice
  5. discourse, tract, speech, narration
  6. proverb
  7. precept, command
  8. intelligence, reason, logic
  9. thing, matter, affair
  10. fact, case, cause, reason
  11. pledge, promise
  12. consent, permission
  13. (Christianity) logos


Usage notesEdit

  • The sense of "logos" is usually masculine while all other senses are usually feminine.

Derived termsEdit


  • mlh”, in The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College, 1986–
  • Costaz, Louis (2002) Dictionnaire syriaque-français : Syriac–English Dictionary, 3rd edition, Beirut: Dar El-Machreq, p. 183a
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 274b-275a
  • Sokoloff, Michael (2009) A Syriac Lexicon: A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum, Winona Lake, Indiana; Piscataway, New Jersey: Eisenbrauns; Gorgias Press, p. 775a-b