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A Semitic language of Eritrea, where it is the official language, and of northern Ethiopia.
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(Languages) a language of Eritrea and N Ethiopia, belonging to the SE Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family
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(tɪˈgrin yə)

an Ethiopian Semitic language spoken in the Ethiopian province of Tigray and adjacent parts of Eritrea.
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Judge Lockhart told Weldemaryam through a Tigrinya interpreter: "Further reports are required upon you before I can properly pass sentence on you.
The dominant ones are: the Oromo, 34.4 per cent; Amhara, 27 per cent; Somali, 6.2 per cent; Tigrinya, 6.1 per cent; Sidama, 4.0 per cent; Gurage, 2.5 per cent and Welaita, 2.3 per cent.
Young and old, women and men, athletes and housewives --all seem to embrace the bicicletta, the Italian word for bicycle that is part of the local language, Tigrinya.
There was initial amity, both being run by Tigrinya tribe ex-rebels which had separately fought a pro-Moscow Ethiopian regime.
Besides studying maths and science, the children sing, perform plays and recite poems in Tigrinya, one of Eritrea's main languages.
The two leaders spoke the same Tigrinya language and were from roughly the same region.
They examine not only films produced in Ethiopia, but also films that circulate in the country and its diaspora, with a special focus on films made in other languages besides Amharic that are spoken in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa: Oromo, Tigrinya, and Somali.
"You deserve peace and calm," Abiy said at the dinner Sunday addressing Eritreans in Tigrinya, a language spoken in both countries.
Both channels aired footage of the two leaders at a state dinner hosted by Isaias in which the two leaders were seen speaking to each other in the Tigrinya language.