from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the common people; popular: demotic speech; demotic entertainments.
- adj. Of, relating to, or written in the simplified form of ancient Egyptian hieratic writing.
- adj. Of or relating to a form of modern Greek based on colloquial use.
- n. Demotic Greek.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or for the common people.
- adj. Of, relating to, or written in the vulgar form of ancient Egyptian hieratic writing.
- adj. Of, relating to, or written in the form of modern vernacular Greek.
- n. Language as spoken by the common people.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the people; popular; common.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Popular; pertaining to the common people: specifically applied to a certain mode of writing used in Egypt for epistolary and business purposes from about the seventh century b. c., as distinguished from the hieratic and hieroglyphic. Also called enchorial.
- Pertaining to a people developed beyond the tribal stage and including individuals of various kindreds or nationalities.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a simplified cursive form of the ancient hieratic script
- adj. of or written in or belonging to the form of modern Greek based on colloquial use
- n. the modern Greek vernacular
- adj. of or for the common people
Greek dēmotikos, from dēmotēs, a commoner, from dēmos, people; see dā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1822, from Ancient Greek δημοτικός (demotikos, "common"), from δημότης (demotes, "commoner"), from δῆμος (demos, "the common people"). (Wiktionary)