Common Ancient Egyptian Phrases and Words
Ancient Egyptian live for ever!
Ancient Egyptian imey-er-a'hew
Ancient Egyptian a symbol meaning life, often used in the expression Ankh! Udja! Seneb! which is frequently employed to wish the King of Egypt Life! Strength! and Health!
Ancient Egyptian qed m. qedet f.
Ancient Egyptian (or aw ibetj when speaking to a woman) - may your heart rejoice!
Ancient Egyptian retehtey m. retehtet f.
From the Middle Egyptian /bkt/ - a female servant. Submitted by Katherine
Ancient Egyptian nefer, also can mean good
Ancient Egyptian sen
Ancient Egyptian sekhrey
Ancient Egyptian niewet
Ancient Egyptian sat
Dua Netjer en ek!
Ancient Egyptian Thank you! (or "Thank God for you!" - to a man),Dua Netjer en etj! - to a woman.
Ancient Egyptian Kemet
Em heset net Ra
Ancient Egyptian be in favor with Ra! (or pick any other god)
Ancient Egyptian with or in peace, this is frequently used as a greeting.
Em hotep nefer
Ancient Egyptian in great peace!
Em hotep nefer weret
Ancient Egyptian in very great peace!
Ancient Egyptian senebty
Ancient Egyptian it
Ancient Egyptian imey-er mesha'
Ancient Egyptian neter, netjer goddess netjert
Ancient Egyptian wer
Ancient Egyptian Mourner
Ancient Egyptian nomarc or chief
Ancient Egyptian ib, ab
Ancient Egyptian iiti
Ancient Egyptian husband, wife Hem Netjer, Hemet Netjer Gods servant or wife
Ancient Egyptian Your Majesty, (hem-etj to a female pharaoh)
mayor, heret tep f. mayor
Middle Egyptian: "heart's desire." In usage, one's beloved or darling. Submitted by Katherine
word for Egypt
ankh, a symbol often used in the expression Ankh! Udja! Seneb! which is frequently employed to wish the King of Egypt Life! Strength! and Health!
In function, the guards of the western deserts. Traditionally, the name was attached to the specific tribe of nomads who operated between Nubia and Egypt in the western deserts. They pledged fealty to the Egyptians during the Hyksos period, as they were the ones who intercepted the well-known letter between the Nubians and Hyksos which formed the alliance against Kamose at the beginning of the 18th Dynasty. In reward, Kamose rewarded the Medjay by making them part of the royal guards for sacred lands. Not quite police, not simply security, the Medjay were a quasi-paramilitary force dedicated strictly to royal house concerns (Sources: Lacovara and Markowitz. 2000. Crime and Punishment. In D.B Redford, (ed.), Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, I: 319. Oxford: Oxford University Press) Submitted by Katherine
lord, Neb-i my Lord
lady, Nebet-i my Lady
Ancient Egyptian beautiful or good
(or nefer sedjmetj when addressing a woman) - may you hear only good things! (a common ending for letters)
god m., goddess f.,
royal One, King, if used alone sometimes Nesew
hetep or hotep, often used in the greeting em hotep - in peace
a house, n.b. the great house, Per aA became synonymous with the Peraa, or Pharaoh of Egypt.
Middle Egyptian: "the house of life." A repository of written knowledge used by priest, noble, and king. In short, a sacred library containing the sum of knowledge.
architect, qedet f.
Baker retehtet f.
nisew, nisu m. nisut f.
sD n Drt
sedjauty, sealbearer or treasurer sedjaut,f.
weaver sekhtet f.
(be well) farewell
Ancient Egyptian wa'ew
Middle Egyptian for the blue and white water lily flowers found in the Nile, colloquially and modernly called the "Egyptian lotus." In botanical terms, Nymphaea caerulea (blue) and Nymphaea savigny (white). See more on 'lotus' in this section (and/or the dictionary).
Ancient Egyptian sedjauty m. also sealbearer sedjaut,f.
sekhtey m. sekhtet f.
Ancient Egyptian hemet, hemet netjer is God's wife, or servant
Middle Egyptian: curved sword of the New Kingdom, with an inner cutting surface. Colloquially known today as a "sickle sword", it dffers from the Arabic/Tukish scimitar due to its inner cutting edge. Most popular during the Ramesside period (Hoffmeier 2000. Military Materiel. In D.B. Redford, (ed), Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt II: 408. Oxford: Oxford University Press.