Meaning & History
From Albanian shqip meaning "Albanian", which is of uncertain origin. It is possibly from shqipe, a variant of shkabë meaning "eagle". It could also be from shqipoj meaning "to say clearly". This is the modern Albanian name for Albania, replacing Arbënia around the 18th century. It is usually written with the definite article suffixed: Shqipëria.
Entry added December 14, 2019