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Greek

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noun \ˈgrēk\

Definition of Greek

  1. 1a :  a native or inhabitant of ancient or modern Greeceb :  a person of Greek descent

  2. 2a :  the language used by the Greeks from prehistoric times to the present constituting a branch of Indo-European — see indo-european languages tableb :  ancient Greek as used from the time of the earliest records to the end of the second century a.d. — see indo-european languages tablec 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. 3 :  a member of a Greek-letter fraternity or sorority

Origin and Etymology of greek

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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Greek

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Definition of Greek

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or characteristic of Greece, the Greeks, or Greek Greek architecture

  2. 2a :  eastern orthodoxb :  of or relating to an Eastern church using the Byzantine rite in Greekc :  of or relating to the established Orthodox church of Greece

  3. 3 :  of or relating to fraternities or sororities the Greek system

14th Century

First Known Use of greek

14th century


GREEK Defined for English Language Learners

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Greek

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noun \ˈgrēk\

Definition of Greek for English Language Learners

  • : a person born, raised, or living in Greece

  • : a person whose family is from Greece

  • : the language of the Greeks



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