phil·​hel·​lene (ˌ)fil-ˈhe-ˌlēn How to pronounce philhellene (audio)
variants or philhellenic
: admiring Greece or the Greeks
philhellene noun
philhellenism noun
philhellenist noun

Word History


Greek philellēn, from phil- + Hellēn Hellene

First Known Use

circa 1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of philhellene was circa 1825

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Cite this Entry

“Philhellene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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