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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Greek.

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  • n. a Greek, especially an ancient Greek

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A native of either ancient or modern Greece; a Greek.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ancient Greek; properly, a Greek of pure race: traditionally said to be so called from Hellen, son of Deucalion and Pyrrha, the legendary ancestor of the true Greeks, consisting of the Dorians, Æolians, Ionians, and Acheans.
  • n. A subject of the modern kingdom of Greece, or Hellas.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a native or inhabitant of Greece

Etymologies

Greek Hellēn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Ἕλλην (Hellēn, "Greek"), most probably a derivation of Ἑλλοί or Σελλοί, the Greek inhabitants of the area around the sanctuary of Dodona (Δωδώνη), itself of pre-Greek origin.. In Greek mythology Ἕλλην (Hellēn), whom the Ἕλληνες (Hellēnes, "Greeks") were named after, was the son of Δευκαλίων (Deukaliōn) and Πύῤῥα (Purrha). (Wiktionary)

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