- one of an ancient people of south-central Italy.
- the Indo-European, probably Italic, language of the Oscans, written in an alphabet derived from the Etruscan.
- of or relating to the Oscans or their language.
- an extinct language of ancient S Italy belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European familySee also Osco-Umbrian
- a speaker of this language; Samnite
- of or relating to this language
adj.of or pertaining to the ancient people of southern Italy, 1590s, from Latin Osci, Opsci (plural) “Oscans,” literally “worshippers of Ops,” a harvest goddess, the name related to Latin ops (genitive opis) “abundance, plenty, wealth, riches,” from PIE *op- “to work, to produce in abundance” (see opus).