Definitions

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

  • adj. Greek.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Greece.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Greek
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Greece.
  • n. A senior pupil at Christ's Hospital School.
  • n. A Jew who spoke Greek; a Hellenist.
  • n. One well versed in the Greek language, literature, or history.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Greece; Greek.
  • n. A native or naturalized inhabitant of Greece; a Greek.
  • n. A jew who spoke Greek; a Hellenist.
  • n. One well versed in the Greek language, literature, or history.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Greece; Greek.
  • n. A native of Greece; a Greek.
  • n. In the New Testament, a Hellenizing Jew.
  • n. One versed in or studying the Greek language.
  • n. One of the senior boys of Christ's Hospital. E. D.-
  • n. A gay, roystering fellow.

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

  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Greece or the Greeks or the Greek language
  • n. a native or resident of Greece

Etymologies

From Latin Graecia, Greece, from Graecus, Greek; see Greek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The Grecian Coffee-house, Devereux-court, Strand, (closed in 1843) was named from Constantine, of Threadneedle street, the _Grecian_ who kept it.

    All About Coffee

  • The term Grecian, or Hellenist, denotes a Jew by birth or religion who spoke Greek.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • The murderous and mischievous pranks of Imbize, Ryhove, and such demagogues, at Ghent and elsewhere, with their wild theories of what they called Grecian, Roman, and Helvetian republicanism, had inflicted damage enough on the cause of freedom, and had paved the road for the return of royal despotism.

    The Rise of the Dutch Republic — Volume 31: 1580-82

  • Imbize, Ryhove, and such demagogues, at Ghent and elsewhere, with their wild theories of what they called Grecian, Roman, and Helvetian republicanism, had inflicted damage enough on the cause of freedom, and had paved the road for the return of royal despotism.

    PG Edition of Netherlands series — Complete

  • Evan Simms, an instructor who teaches what he calls Grecian jujitsu on a blue foam mat that stretches from end to end of a beige tent the size of a small house.

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  • But, curiously, neither God nor the devil may wear modern dress, but must retain Grecian vestments.

    Sinclair Lewis - Nobel Lecture

  • Reviewing the life of Susan B. Anthony, I ever liken her to the Doric column in Grecian architecture, so simply, so grandly she stands, free from every extraneous ornament, supporting her one vast idea – the enfranchisement of woman.

    Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences 1815-1897

  • A similar instance, in Grecian history, admonished the emperor of the honorable part prescribed for his imitation.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • All over the glass beyond the emblem’s borders were hand-cut leaves, little women in Grecian dress walking up a mountain path leading to a tunnel formed by the leafy limbs of trees, and on the other side of the dome the etched water of a rock-studded stream ran before a long temple whose fluted pillars framed the figures of goddesses, their hands aloft to a sun crosshatched white.

    The Safe

  • As Canova himself recognized with such grace, the Elgin Marbles threw a shoe into the whole elaborate works; what Europeans had come to know as Grecian style was evidently something else altogether.

    A Silly, Very Cultured Club

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