Egyptian Words

Egyptian WordsAs well as the signs which stand for single sounds, Egyptian uses many signs that stand for two or three sounds


Ancient Egyptian also uses meaning-signs, called 'determinatives'. These are written at the end of a word, after the sound-signs, to tell us the correct category of meaning for the word. Without the determinative you can't tell what it means. Here are some examples:

 words to do with movement
 words associated with man and his activities
 words associated with woman and her activities
 words associated with water
 names of towns or places

Ancient Egyptian words were usually (but not always) made up of both sound-signs and meaning-signs. Where possible, scribes liked to group signs together to form nice square shapes.