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

  • n. A dialect of Greek that developed primarily from Attic and became the common language of the Hellenistic world, from which later stages of Greek are descended.
  • n. A lingua franca.
  • n. A regional dialect or language that becomes the standard language over a wider area, losing its most extreme local features.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The "common" Greek language that developed and flourished between 300 BCE and 300 CE (the time of the Roman Empire), and from which Modern Greek descended. It was based on the Attic and Ionian dialects of Ancient Greek.

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

  • n. a common language used by speakers of different languages
  • n. a Greek dialect that flourished under the Roman Empire


From Greek (hē) koinē (dialektos), common (language), feminine of koinos, common; see kom in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek κοινός (koine, "shared, common, public, general, ordinary, usual") (Wiktionary)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.