- of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient Greeks or their language, culture, thought, etc., especially before the time of Alexander the Great.Compare Hellenistic(def 3).
- Also called Greek. a branch of the Indo-European family of languages, comprising a variety of ancient, medieval, and modern dialects and languages, all of them called Greek.
- of or relating to the ancient or modern Greeks or their language
- of or relating to ancient Greece or the Greeks of the classical period (776–323 bc)Compare Hellenistic
- another word for Greek
- a branch of the Indo-European family of languages consisting of Greek in its various ancient and modern dialects
“pertaining to Greece,” 1640s, from Greek Hellenikos, from Hellen “a Greek,” of unknown origin. Earliest surviving use is by Homer in reference to a Thessalian tribe.