from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of southeast Europe on the southern Balkan Peninsula and including numerous islands in the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Ionian seas. Settled by Achaeans, Aeolians, Ionians, Minoans, and Dorians by 1000 B.C., the region grew as an amalgam of independent city-states, many of which established colonies throughout the Mediterranean by the eighth century B.C.. Classical Greek culture, centered around Athens, reached a high point in the fifth century B.C. before being conquered by Philip II of Macedon in 338 B.C.. The area was later controlled by the Roman and Byzantine empires before being absorbed into the Ottoman empire (1456). In 1829, Greece gained its independence and established a constitutional monarchy. The king was deposed following a military coup in 1967, and a democratic republic was established in 1975. Athens is the capital and the largest city. Population: 10,700,000.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. Country in southeastern Europe having borders with Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Member state of the European Union since 1981. Official name: Hellenic Republic (Ελληνική Δημοκρατία).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. See gree a step.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete spelling of grease.
- n. See greese.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. ancient Greece; a country of city-states (especially Athens and Sparta) that reached its peak in the fifth century BCE
- n. a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
From Latin Graecia, from Ancient Greek Γραικός (Graikos); a character in Greek mythology, the son of Thessalos, the king of Phthia, from whom Ἑλλάς (Hellas, "Greece") and Ἕλληνες (Hellēnes, "the Greeks") got their names. (Wiktionary)