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Hel·​len·​ic he-ˈle-nik How to pronounce Hellenic (audio)
: of or relating to Greece, its people, or its language
specifically : of or relating to ancient Greek history, culture, or art before the Hellenistic period


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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Neopaganism’s various branches include Wicca and Hellenic reconstructionism, a religion that focuses on the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece. Alyssa Beall, USA TODAY, 13 May 2023 Hidden under a busy area of Naples, Italy, the necropolis features beautiful fresco paintings and other monuments installed by wealthy Hellenic families between 600 and 200 B.C. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 9 May 2023 Vote now:IndyStar Pizza Bracket Challenge King Dough was the latest top seed felled by the Hellenic sword of No. 7 Greek's, who beat the No. 1 seed by more than 30 percentage points. Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Apr. 2023 The other, also a Hellenic bust, had been at the Metropolitan Museum of New York since 1998, the statement said. Yousef Murad, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2022 Over 2,700 residents have been evacuated from the island of Evia, according to the Hellenic coast guard, and the island is under a constant cloud of smoke. Ibtissem Guenfoud, ABC News, 10 Aug. 2021 Nearby private schools include the Cathedral School, a Hellenic all-girl school, and the Browning School, an independent all-boys school founded in 1888. Spencer Elliott, Forbes, 20 Mar. 2021 As for the link between Rhaskos and Melisto, two children whose spheres would never overlap in life, the author draws on Hellenic customs and artistry to forge a relationship that is both ingenious and affecting. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2021 On investigation, Reich’s team found that the modern genetic profile of the Kalash did not resemble that of Roopkund B. Two centuries before Christ, parts of northern India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan formed the Indo-Greek Kingdom, the easternmost state of the Hellenic world. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1644, in the meaning defined above


1741, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hellenic was in 1644

Dictionary Entries Near Hellenic

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“Hellenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hellenic. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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