What does Greek mean?

Definitions for Greek

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"


  1. Greeknoun

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

  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?"

  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.

  4. Greekadjective

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

  5. Greekadjective

    Of or pertaining to a fraternity or sorority.

  6. Greekadjective

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

  7. Greeknoun

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

  8. Greeknoun

    The writing system used in Greek language.

  9. greeknoun

    Nonsense writing or talk; gibberish

  10. greeknoun

    Anal sex.

    "Was Joe a Greek in college?"

  11. greekverb

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

  12. greekverb

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

  13. 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

  2. Greeknoun

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

  3. Greeknoun

    a swindler; a knave; a cheat

  4. Greeknoun

    something unintelligible; as, it was all Greek to me

  5. 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

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  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. Andrew Gimson:

    I think he feels intellectually more capable. Here is a man with a knowledge of Latin and Greek who actually reads books for pleasure.

  2. Tenekidou Ermioni:

    As a Greek woman, I am embarrassed at those who are going to vote ‘Yes’ for fear of leaving the euro. They are asking us to accept unending slavery. I am offended.

  3. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis:

    The application will be written in such a way so that it will satisfy both the Greek side and the president of the Eurogroup.

  4. Morgan Neville:

    The way I came to think of it is: Tony was an ultimate searcher and a seeker, but if you are really always seeking and always curious, then you can get lost. He had this tattoo that he got late in life that said in Greek ‘I am certain of nothing.’ That sounds very Zen, but it’s also a little sad.

  5. Tatyana Gordina:

    There were no threats made by Ivan Savvidis, especially not involving the use of a weapon, during yesterday’s match, there was an emotional walk out onto the field, probably a breach of sporting regulations, and nothing more. Most of the headlines in the Greek press exaggerate the facts.

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    formal separation from an alliance or federation
    • A. elan
    • B. canopy
    • C. secession
    • D. abandon

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