Greek

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noun

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a
: a native or inhabitant of ancient or modern Greece
b
: a person of Greek descent
2
a
: the language used by the Greeks from prehistoric times to the present constituting a branch of Indo-European see Indo-European Languages Table
b
: ancient Greek as used from the time of the earliest records to the end of the second century a.d. see Indo-European Languages Table
c
often not capitalized [translation of Latin Graecum (in the medieval phrase Graecum est; non potest legi It is Greek; it cannot be read)] : something unintelligible
it's Greek to me
3
: a member of a Greek-letter fraternity or sorority

Greek

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adjective

1
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Greece, the Greeks, or Greek
Greek architecture
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b
: of or relating to an Eastern church using the Byzantine rite in Greek
c
: of or relating to the established Orthodox church of Greece
3
: of or relating to fraternities or sororities
the Greek system

Examples of Greek in a Sentence

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Noun
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) - Butter-Basted Lamb Chops Contrary to what Aunt Voula thinks, lamb is a type of meat. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2024 The museum shows Thorvaldsen’s work alongside Greek, Roman and Egyptian architecture. Jo Rodgers Jameson Montgomery Roxanne Fequiere Emilia Petrarca Kate Guadagnino Sophie Bew, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 Alexander Tytler was an 18th century professor who studied Greek and Roman history. Jan Goldsmith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Feb. 2024 The 10-date trek begins April 2 at New York’s Beacon Theater and, as of now, concludes May 11 at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 8 Feb. 2024 They were found to contain philosophical texts written in Greek. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 7 Feb. 2024 The graves are presumed to belong to Greek Spartans who settled the city in the eighth century B.C. The Spartans were residents of the powerful city state of Sparta, located in southeastern Greece. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 6 Feb. 2024 The Pleiades are also known as the Seven Little Sisters, the daughters of the god Atlas according to Greek and Roman mythology. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, 4 Feb. 2024 These might include hummus, Greek yogurt, roasted garlic, or nut butter. Sarah Garone, Health, 29 Jan. 2024
Adjective
A little later, a Greek police patrol found 14 migrants, including five men, four women and five minors, authorities said. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 12 Feb. 2024 One of the last hurrahs downtown was some Greek favorites at Ornos, an expansive dining room that has long been home to chef Michael Mina’s different restaurants. Liza B. Zimmerman, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Fresh fruit is tossed with a decadent mixture of cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and whipped topping that is ready in just 10 minutes. Jorie Nicole McDonald, Southern Living, 11 Feb. 2024 In the ancient Greek epic the Odyssey, Ithacan king Odysseus doggedly sails through treacherous waters to get back home. Michael Greshko, Scientific American, 9 Feb. 2024 Tretyakov, of a/political, has donated a work by the Greek artist Jannis Kounellis. Nadia Beard, The New Yorker, 9 Feb. 2024 Like all designs since the 2004 Games in Athens, the reverse of the Olympics medal features an image of the Greek goddess of victory, Nike. Oscar Holland, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 Melina’s Greek food is minimalist in ingredients but maximalist in flavor. Zoe Glasser, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Another Maui institution, Pita Paradise serves tasty Greek food that includes fish caught daily by the owner. Genevieve Ko, Travel + Leisure, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English Greke, from Old English Grēca, from Latin Graecus, from Greek Graikos

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Greek was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Greek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Greek. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

Greek

noun
ˈgrēk
1
a
: a person born or living in Greece
b
: a person of Greek ancestry
2
: the Indo-European language of the Greeks
Greek adjective
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