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Greek

Anything that has to do with the country of Greece can be described as Greek. This includes the Greek language, alphabet, and people, as well as Greek food like feta cheese.

We have the Greek language to thank for many English words, and Greek culture to thank for delicacies like spanakopita and baklava. People who come from Greece describe themselves as Greek, and stories of ancient Greek gods are still told thousands of years later. If you find something incomprehensible, you might say, "It's Greek to me," from a Latin phrase commonly used by medieval scribes copying illegible transcripts: Graecum est; non legitur, "It's Greek, and impossible to read."

Definitions of Greek
  1. adjective
    of or relating to or characteristic of Greece or the Greeks or the Greek language
    Greek mythology”
    synonyms: Grecian, Hellenic
  2. noun
    a native or inhabitant of Greece
    synonyms: Hellene
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    Achaean, Achaian
    a member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric Greeks
    Aeolian, Eolian
    a member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric Greeks
    Dorian
    a member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric Greeks
    Ionian
    a member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric Greeks
    Athenian
    a resident of Athens
    Corinthian
    a resident of Corinth
    Laconian
    a resident of Laconia
    Lesbian
    a resident of Lesbos
    Spartan
    a resident of Sparta
    Arcadian
    an inhabitant of Arcadia
    Theban
    a Greek inhabitant of ancient Thebes
    Argive
    a native or inhabitant of the city of Argos
    Ephesian
    a resident of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus
    Mycenaen
    a native or inhabitant of ancient Mycenae
    Thessalian
    a native or inhabitant of Thessaly
    Thessalonian
    a native or inhabitant of Thessalonica
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    European
    a native or inhabitant of Europe
  3. noun
    the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family of languages
    synonyms: Hellenic, Hellenic language
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    Modern Greek, New Greek
    the Greek language as spoken and written today
    Late Greek
    the Greek language in the 3rd to 8th centuries
    Byzantine Greek, Medieval Greek, Middle Greek
    the Greek language from about 600 to 1200 AD
    Koine
    a Greek dialect that flourished under the Roman Empire
    Ancient Greek
    the Greek language prior to the Roman Empire
    Demotic, Romaic
    the modern Greek vernacular
    Katharevusa
    literary style of Modern Greek containing features borrowed from Koine
    Attic, Classical Greek, Ionic, Ionic dialect
    the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken and written in Attica and Athens and Ionia
    Aeolic, Aeolic dialect, Eolic
    the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken in Thessaly and Boeotia and Aeolis
    Arcadic, Arcadic dialect
    the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken by Arcadians
    Doric, Doric dialect
    the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken in Doris
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    Indo-European, Indo-European language, Indo-Hittite
    the family of languages that by 1000 BC were spoken throughout Europe and in parts of southwestern and southern Asia
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