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HELLENIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Hellenic mean? 

HELLENIC (noun)
  The noun HELLENIC has 1 sense:

1. the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family of languages

  Familiarity information: HELLENIC used as a noun is very rare.


HELLENIC (adjective)
  The adjective HELLENIC has 3 senses:

1. characteristic of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures
2. relating to or characteristic of the classical Greek civilization
3. of or relating to or characteristic of Greece or the Greeks

  Familiarity information: HELLENIC used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


HELLENIC (noun)


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Meaning:

The Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family of languages

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

Greek; Hellenic; Hellenic language

Hypernyms ("Hellenic" is a kind of...):

Indo-European; Indo-European language; Indo-Hittite (the family of languages that by 1000 BC were spoken throughout Europe and in parts of southwestern and southern Asia)

Domain region:

Ellas; Greece; Hellenic Republic (a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "Hellenic"):

Modern Greek; New Greek (the Greek language as spoken and written today)

Late Greek (the Greek language in the 3rd to 8th centuries)

Byzantine Greek; Medieval Greek; Middle Greek (the Greek language from about 600 to 1200 AD)

Koine (a Greek dialect that flourished under the Roman Empire)

Ancient Greek (the Greek language prior to the Roman Empire)


HELLENIC (adjective)


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Meaning:

Characteristic of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures

Synonyms:

Graeco-Roman; Greco-Roman; Hellenic

Similar:

classical (of or characteristic of a form or system felt to be of first significance before modern times)


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Meaning:

Relating to or characteristic of the classical Greek civilization

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

Hellenistical; Hellenistic; Hellenic

Pertainym:

Hellenism (the principles and ideals associated with classical Greek civilization)


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Meaning:

Of or relating to or characteristic of Greece or the Greeks

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

Grecian; Greek; Hellenic

Context examples:

Greek mythology / a Grecian robe

Pertainym:

Greece (a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil)


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