Gre·​cian ˈgrē-shən How to pronounce Grecian (audio)
: greek sense 1
specifically : being or resembling that of ancient Greece or the ancient Greeks
Grecian ruins
a Grecian urn/statue
Grecian gods/goddesses
Grecian motifs
… a charming town that dates from the Grecian period. Lizzie Porter
The mall had … a cafe with Grecian plaster columns … Monica Dux
… [Marie-Thérèse] Walter is recognizable [in Pablo Picasso's art] by … her classical Grecian profile … Jerry Saltz
Grecian noun
plural Grecians
'Was this fair face the cause' quoth she / 'Why the Grecians sacked Troy? …' William Shakespeare
grecianize transitive verb
or Grecianize
grecianized or Grecianized; grecianizing or Grecianizing; grecianizes or Grecianizes
The establishment of the Roman court at Constantinople tended rather to Latinize the Greeks, than to Grecianize the Latins … The New-York Quarterly

Examples of Grecian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From a breathtaking Las Vegas sunrise waterfall oasis to a luxe Grecian pool with a 180-degree valley view in L.A., the possibilities are bountiful. Kara Peeler, Sunset Magazine, 17 May 2024 Its Neoclassical architecture evokes the same humbling, powerful motifs as the U.K. gallery, with a similar Grecian portico, central cupola and extended wings. Anne Wallentine, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 May 2024 For the Met Gala, Hemsworth and his wife, Elsa Pataky, hit the red carpet with a similar Grecian god energy, this time with a softer side. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 6 May 2024 At the 2024 Golden Globes, The Bear’s Abby Elliott channeled Grecian goddess glamour in an asymmetrical black gown, inspired by Frank Gehry’s architecture, and singer Tinashe glowed in a striking beaded corset gown. Fawnia Soo Hoo, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2024 Jasper Grecian collar Sophie Bille Brahe, designer and owner of Sophie Bille Brahe Photo: Courtesy of Sophie Bille Brahe My sister-in-law, Caroline Bille Brahe, designs upcycled denim jackets. Talia Abbas, Vogue, 14 Feb. 2024 Everyone loves a Grecian yarn, and Michaelides who hails from Cyprus, is particularly influenced by his homeland., 17 Jan. 2024 Founded in 1997, Grecian developer Temes opened the first of its five luxury resorts in 2010 and has helped to elevate Costa Navarino. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 27 July 2023 Coming after decades of graceful nymphs, stately ladies, and shapely Grecian goddesses, Clotho is exhilarating because of its utter indifference to the male gaze. Farah Peterson, The Atlantic, 14 Dec. 2023

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'Grecian.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


Middle English greciane, ultimately from Latin Graecia Greece

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Grecian was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near Grecian

Cite this Entry

“Grecian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


Gre·​cian ˈgrē-shən How to pronounce Grecian (audio)
: greek
Grecian noun
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!