Hel·​le·​nis·​tic ˌhe-lə-ˈni-stik How to pronounce Hellenistic (audio)
: of or relating to Greek history, culture, or art after Alexander the Great
: of or relating to the Hellenists
Hellenistically adverb

Examples of Hellenistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The remains of its Hellenistic and Roman buildings lay amid rivulets and lush vegetation. Charlotte Higgins, Travel + Leisure, 9 Oct. 2023 In Cleopatra’s time, Alexandria, the capital of her kingdom, was a cosmopolitan port city bustling with Greeks, Jews, ethnic Egyptians and people from all over who, the Cambridge University historian David Abulafia said, largely saw themselves as part of the Hellenistic world. Vivian Yee, New York Times, 10 May 2023 The settlement began to take shape as a more modern city during the Hellenistic period, circa 330 B.C. Jerash's heyday arguably began in the first several centuries under the Roman Empire, back when the city's most prominent architectural structures were built under Emperor Hadrian. Jess McHugh, Travel + Leisure, 10 Apr. 2023 The exhibition also includes archaic and classical Greek statues, Hellenistic figures, and Roman portraits and bronzes. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2022 Before the discovery of this ancient Greek shipwreck, Hellenistic ships of this type and design were completely unknown to archaeologists. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 20 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hellenistic was in 1678

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“Hellenistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hellenistic. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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Hel·​le·​nis·​tic ˌhel-ə-ˈnis-tik How to pronounce Hellenistic (audio)
: of or relating to the widespread Greek-based culture that developed after the conquests of Alexander the Great
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