What does Greek mean?

Definitions for Greek
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Greek.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Greek, Hellenic, Hellenic languagenoun

    the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family of languages

  2. Greek, Helleneadjective

    a native or inhabitant of Greece

  3. Greek, Grecian, Hellenicadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of Greece or the Greeks or the Greek language

    "Greek mythology"; "a Grecian robe"

Wiktionary

  1. Greeknoun

    An inhabitant, resident, or a person of descent from Greece.

    Etymology: From graecus, from Γραικός (a son of Thessalos, the king of Phthia), whom Ἑλλάς, and Ἕλληνες, were also named after; see also Ἕλλην and Hellen.

  2. Greeknoun

    A member of a college fraternity or sorority, which are commonly characterised by being named after Greek letters. (See also Greek system)

    "Was Joe a Greek in college?"

    Etymology: From graecus, from Γραικός (a son of Thessalos, the king of Phthia), whom Ἑλλάς, and Ἕλληνες, were also named after; see also Ἕλλην and Hellen.

  3. Greeknoun

    Unintelligible speech or text, such as foreign speech or text, or regarding subjects the listener is not familiar with, such as mathematics or technical jargon; or statements that the listener does not understand or agree with.

    Etymology: From graecus, from Γραικός (a son of Thessalos, the king of Phthia), whom Ἑλλάς, and Ἕλληνες, were also named after; see also Ἕλλην and Hellen.

  4. Greekadjective

    Of or relating to Greece, the Greek people, or the Greek language.

    Etymology: From graecus, from Γραικός (a son of Thessalos, the king of Phthia), whom Ἑλλάς, and Ἕλληνες, were also named after; see also Ἕλλην and Hellen.

  5. Greekadjective

    Of or pertaining to a fraternity or sorority.

    Etymology: From graecus, from Γραικός (a son of Thessalos, the king of Phthia), whom Ἑλλάς, and Ἕλληνες, were also named after; see also Ἕλλην and Hellen.

  6. Greekadjective

    unintelligible, especially regarding foreign speech or text, or regarding subjects the speaker is not familiar with, such as mathematics or technical jargon.

    Etymology: From graecus, from Γραικός (a son of Thessalos, the king of Phthia), whom Ἑλλάς, and Ἕλληνες, were also named after; see also Ἕλλην and Hellen.

  7. Greeknoun

    The language of the Greek people, spoken in Greece and in Greek communities.

    Etymology: From graecus, from Γραικός (a son of Thessalos, the king of Phthia), whom Ἑλλάς, and Ἕλληνες, were also named after; see also Ἕλλην and Hellen.

  8. Greeknoun

    The writing system used in Greek language.

    Etymology: From graecus, from Γραικός (a son of Thessalos, the king of Phthia), whom Ἑλλάς, and Ἕλληνες, were also named after; see also Ἕλλην and Hellen.

  9. greeknoun

    Nonsense writing or talk; gibberish

    Etymology: From graecus, from Γραικός (a son of Thessalos, the king of Phthia), whom Ἑλλάς, and Ἕλληνες, were also named after; see also Ἕλλην and Hellen.

  10. greeknoun

    Anal sex.

    "Was Joe a Greek in college?"

    Etymology: From graecus, from Γραικός (a son of Thessalos, the king of Phthia), whom Ἑλλάς, and Ἕλληνες, were also named after; see also Ἕλλην and Hellen.

  11. greekverb

    to display a placeholder instead of text, especially to optimize speed in displaying text that would be too small to read

    Etymology: From graecus, from Γραικός (a son of Thessalos, the king of Phthia), whom Ἑλλάς, and Ἕλληνες, were also named after; see also Ἕλλην and Hellen.

  12. greekverb

    to fill a template with nonsense text (particularly the Lorem ipsum), so that form can be focused on instead of content

    Etymology: From graecus, from Γραικός (a son of Thessalos, the king of Phthia), whom Ἑλλάς, and Ἕλληνες, were also named after; see also Ἕλλην and Hellen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Greekadjective

    of or pertaining to Greece or the Greeks; Grecian

    Etymology: [AS. grec, L. Graecus, Gr. ?: cf. F. grec. Cf. Grecian.]

  2. Greeknoun

    a native, or one of the people, of Greece; a Grecian; also, the language of Greece

    Etymology: [AS. grec, L. Graecus, Gr. ?: cf. F. grec. Cf. Grecian.]

  3. Greeknoun

    a swindler; a knave; a cheat

    Etymology: [AS. grec, L. Graecus, Gr. ?: cf. F. grec. Cf. Grecian.]

  4. Greeknoun

    something unintelligible; as, it was all Greek to me

    Etymology: [AS. grec, L. Graecus, Gr. ?: cf. F. grec. Cf. Grecian.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Greek

    grēk, adj. Grecian.—n. a Grecian: the language of Greece: (B.) a Greek by race, or more frequently a Gentile as opposed to a Jew, a Hellenising Jew, a Jew naturalised in foreign countries: a cunning rogue, a merry fellow: any language of which one is ignorant, jargon, anything unintelligible.—adj. Greek′ish.—Greek architecture, the orders developed in ancient Greece (Corinthian, Doric, Ionic); Greek Church, the church of those Christians who follow the ancient rite of the East and accept the first seven councils, rejecting all later innovations and papal supremacy—it is called Orthodox by reason of its vindications of dogma, and Eastern from its geographical distribution; Greek cross (see Cross); Greek fire, a composition, burning either in or under water, supposed to have been made of asphalt, nitre, and sulphur, long kept secret by the Greeks of the Byzantine empire for their exclusive use in war; Greek gift, a treacherous gift (from Virgil's Æneid, ii. 49).—At the Greek calends, never, the Greeks having no calends.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Greek

    or Eastern Church, that section of the Church which formerly separated from the Roman or Western in 1054, which assumed an independent existence on account of the arrogant claims of the latter, and which acknowledges the authority of only the first seven general councils; they dissent from the filioque doctrine (q. v.), administer the Eucharist in both kinds to the laity, and are zealously conservative of the orthodoxy of the Church.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Greek' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3300

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Greek' in Nouns Frequency: #2218

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Greek' in Adjectives Frequency: #458

How to pronounce Greek?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Greek in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Greek in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Greek in a Sentence

  1. Alastair Wilson:

    The impact of a Greek exit should not be underestimated, the direct impact might be limited because of Greece's limited trade links and lower financial market exposure to Greece in other euro area countries. But its exit could nevertheless cause a confidence shock and disrupt government debt markets.

  2. Ewald Nowotny:

    There is always a lot of noise in such a situation and I think the important point is to distinguish the noise from the facts, for us, it is quite clear that we have certain conditions to be met. The one condition is ... whether we can accept for instance Greek assets, Greek bonds, as collateral. The answer is, for the time being: No.

  3. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis:

    The institutions are going to look again at the two documents - our documents and their own. There will be discussions with the Greek government and we'll continue until we find a solution.

  4. Kirill Pyshkin:

    A lot of the European stocks in our portfolio have already hit the targets we've had for them. At this point, we're buyers of puts as protection, the market seems too optimistic about the prospect for a Greek deal. The government has been elected to dump austerity, and Greek people don't care about the duration of the country's bonds, they care about jobs and salaries, so the standoff can last more than the market thinks.

  5. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis:

    The euro is fragile, it's like building a castle of cards, if you take out the Greek card the others will collapse.

Images & Illustrations of Greek

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