koine


noun

  1. (usually initial capital letter) an amalgam of Greek dialects, chiefly Attic and Ionic, that replaced the Classical Greek dialects in the Hellenistic period and flourished under the Roman Empire.
  2. a lingua franca.

noun

  1. a common language among speakers of different languages; lingua franca

noun

  1. the Koine (sometimes not capital) the Ancient Greek dialect that was the lingua franca of the empire of Alexander the Great and was widely used throughout the E Mediterranean area in Roman times
n.

common literary dialect of Greek in Roman and early medieval period, 1903, from feminine singular of Greek koinos “common, ordinary” (see coeno-). Used earlier as a Greek word in English.

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