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Greek

noun \ ˈgrēk \

Definition of Greek

1 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

Origin and Etymology of greek

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


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Greek

adjective

Definition of Greek

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

First Known Use of greek

14th century


GREEK Defined for English Language Learners

Greek

noun

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


GREEK Defined for Kids

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Greek

noun \ ˈgrēk \

Definition of Greek for Students

1 :a person born or living in Greece
2 :the language of the Greeks

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Greek

adjective

Definition of Greek for Students

:of or relating to Greece, its people, or the Greek language


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