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koine

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noun koi·ne \kȯi-ˈnā, ˈkȯi-ˌ; kē-ˈnē\

Definition of koine

  1. 1 capitalized :  the Greek language commonly spoken and written in eastern Mediterranean countries in the Hellenistic and Roman periods

  2. 2 :  a dialect or language of a region that has become the common or standard language of a larger area



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Koine, which means "common" or "shared" in Greek, was the language spoken in the eastern Mediterranean countries from the 4th century B.C. until the time of the Byzantine emperor Justinian (mid-6th century A.D.). In linguistics, the word koine is applied to a language developed from contact between dialects of the same language over a large region. Basically, a koine adopts those grammatical and lexical elements from the dialects of the region that are easily recognized by most area speakers and dispenses with those that are not.

Variants of koine

also

koiné

Origin and Etymology of koine

Greek koinē, from feminine of koinos common


First Known Use: 1909

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