Definitions for: Greek


[n] the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family of languages
[n] a native or inhabitant of Greece
[adj] of or relating to or characteristic of Greece or the Greeks; "Greek mythology"; "a grecian robe"



Webster (1913) Definition: Greek, a. [AS. grec, L. Graecus, Gr. ?: cf. F. grec. Cf.
Grecian.]
Of or pertaining to Greece or the Greeks; Grecian.

Greek calends. See under Calends.

Greek Church (Eccl. Hist.), the Eastern Church; that part
of Christendom which separated from the Roman or Western
Church in the ninth century. It comprises the great bulk
of the Christian population of Russia (of which this is
the established church), Greece, Moldavia, and Wallachia.
The Greek Church is governed by patriarchs and is called
also the Byzantine Church.

Greek cross. See Illust. (10) Of Cross.

Greek Empire. See Byzantine Empire.

Greek fire, a combustible composition which burns under
water, the constituents of which are supposed to be
asphalt, with niter and sulphur. --Ure.

Greek rose, the flower campion.


Greek, n.
1. A native, or one of the people, of Greece; a Grecian;
also, the language of Greece.

2. A swindler; a knave; a cheat. [Slang]

Without a confederate the . . . game of baccarat
does not . . . offer many chances for the Greek.
--Sat. Rev.

3. Something unintelligible; as, it was all Greek to me.
[Colloq.]

Synonyms: Grecian, Hellene, Hellenic, Hellenic, Hellenic language

See Also: Achaean, Achaian, Aeolian, Ancient Greek, Arcadian, Athenian, Byzantine Greek, Corinthian, Dorian, Ellas, Eolian, European, Greece, Hellenic Republic, Indo-European, Indo-European language, Indo-Hittite, Ionian, Koine, Laconian, Late Greek, Lesbian, Medieval Greek, Middle Greek, Modern Greek, Spartan, Theban

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