from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An idiom or custom peculiar to the Greeks.
- n. The civilization and culture of ancient Greece.
- n. Admiration for and adoption of Greek ideas, style, or culture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the characteristics of ancient Greek culture, civilization, principles and ideals, including humanism, reason, the pursuit of knowledge and the arts, moderation and civic responsibility.
- n. The culture and civilization of the Hellenistic period.
- n. The admiration for and adoption of ancient Greek culture, ideas and civilization.
- n. The national character or culture of Greece.
- n. The belief in and worship of the Greek gods.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A phrase or form of speech in accordance with genius and construction or idioms of the Greek language; a Grecism.
- n. The type of character of the ancient Greeks, who aimed at culture, grace, and amenity, as the chief elements in human well-being and perfection.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A peculiarity of the Greek language; a word, phrase, idiom, or construction used or formed in the Greek manner.
- n. The spirit and tendency regarded as especially characteristic of the Greek race, historically considered, and as best exemplified in its pursuit of intellectual and physical culture, and its predilection for the noble, the strong, and the beautiful in thought and action. See extract under Hebraism, 2.
- n. Conformity to Greek speech and ideas; imitation or adoption of Greek characteristics in any respect.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the principles and ideals associated with classical Greek civilization
Either via French Hellenisme or Latin or directly from Ancient Greek Ἑλληνισμός (hellenismos, "imitation of the Greeks"), from Ancient Greek Έλλην (Hellen, "a Greek") (Wiktionary)