Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to the ancient Hellenes, their language, or their history; Greek.
  • noun The branch of the Indo-European language family that consists only of Greek.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to the Hellenes or Greeks; displaying qualities or tendencies characteristic of the Greek race, historically considered (compare Hellenism, 2); Greek; Grecian.
  • In art, applied specifically to Greek work from the close of the primitive epoch to the Roman supremacy in Greece, beginning 146 b. c., or, more narrowly, until the time of Alexander the Great and the sculptor Lysippus, about 330 b. c., the adjective Hellenistic being applied to subsequent work. The Helleuic epoch includes the period of the development and perfection of the Doric and Ionic orders, and that during which the principles of the Corinthian order were worked out. In sculpture, etc., this period comprises the works of the grand style, which succeeded the archaic. See Greek art, under Greek.—Hellenic dialect. See common dialect, under common.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The dialect, formed with slight variations from the Attic, which prevailed among Greek writers after the time of Alexander.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the Hellenes, or inhabitants of Greece; Greek; Grecian.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or relating to the ancient Greek culture and civilization before the Hellenistic period.
  • adjective Of or relating to Hellas (Greece) or the Hellenes (Greeks).
  • proper noun The Greek language and its dialects from the earliest records (Linear B inscriptions, about 1600-1300 BCE) to the present Modern Greek.

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

  • adjective relating to or characteristic of the classical Greek civilization
  • noun the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family of languages
  • adjective of or relating to or characteristic of Greece or the Greeks or the Greek language
  • adjective of or pertaining to or characteristic of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Ancient Greek Ἑλληνικός (Hellenikos, "of or relating to Greece or Greeks"), from Ancient Greek Ἑλλάς (Hellas, "Greece").

Examples

  • Greece-based companies that participated in the NYSE event included: ·Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company SA, (NYSE: CCH) ·Hellenic

    WN.com - Financial News

  • Greece-based companies that participated in the NYSE event included: ·Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company SA, (NYSE: CCH) ·Hellenic

    WN.com - Financial News

  • A Greek company, Elmin Hellenic Mining Enterprises SA, is offering the 33 men all-expenses-paid trips to Athens.

    Writing Home, 'New' Miners Emerge

  • The Greek alliance was known as the Hellenic League.

    The Battle of Salamis

  • The Greek alliance was known as the Hellenic League.

    The Battle of Salamis

  • They include Byron's Childe Harold 2 and "The Destruction of Sennacherib" which experiment in Hellenic scepticism under pressure from Orientalist or Hebraic faith and Hemans's 1819 "Heliodorus in the Temple" and 1820 The Sceptic which recover Hebraic orthodoxy but recast it in terms of Mediterranean republicanism.

    Scepticism and Its Costs: Hemans's Reading of Byron

  • Pater expressed this favorite opposition of his, in Hellenic terms, in the following way: Scarcely a wild or melancholy note of the medieval church but was anticipated by Greek polytheism!

    The Beauty of the Medusa: A Study in Romantic Literary Iconology

  • Although the Illinois based entertainment network was formally known as Hellenic Interactive,

    Black Entertainment, Money, Style and Beauty Blogs - Black Voices

  • Constantinople, Thrace, Smyrna, and so on), and cosmopolitanism was a way of life among educated Greeks, many of whom lived in Hellenic centres outside Greek national territory.

    Arms and the Woman: Just Warriors and Greek Feminist Identity

  • Yet Alexander also left in his wake new cities that would come to bear his name, an economic and trading system based on silver and gold coinage, Greek as the language commonly in use from Gibraltar to the Punjab, and a culture that is still called Hellenic.

    The Great Experiment

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