Greek


Greek
Greek [grēk]
n.
[ME Greke < OE Grec < L Graecus < Gr Graikos, name orig. used by Illyrians for the Dorians in Epirus (< Grāi, Grāii < Grāes, native name of the people of Epirus); later applied by the people of Italy to all Hellenes]
1. a person born or living in ancient or modern Greece
2. the language of the Greeks, constituting a separate branch of the Indo-European language family: see also LATE GREEK, MEDIEVAL GREEK, MODERN GREEK
3. ancient Greek, esp. that of the classical period (c. 8th-4th cent. B.C. )
4. Informal a member of a Greek-letter fraternity or sorority
adj.
[ME Grec < the n. & < Fr grec < L Graecus]
1. of ancient or modern Greece or its people, language, or culture
2. designating or of Greek Catholics or the Greek Orthodox Church
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be Greek to someone
to be incomprehensible or unintelligible to someone

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