What does Greek mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Greek, Hellenic, Hellenic language(noun)

    the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family of languages

  2. Greek, Hellene(adj)

    a native or inhabitant of Greece

  3. Greek, Grecian, Hellenic(adj)

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

    "Greek mythology"; "a Grecian robe"

Wiktionary

  1. Greek(Noun)

    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. Greek(Noun)

    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. Greek(Noun)

    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. Greek(Adjective)

    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. Greek(Adjective)

    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. Greek(Adjective)

    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. Greek(ProperNoun)

    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. Greek(ProperNoun)

    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. greek(Noun)

    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. greek(Noun)

    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. greek(Verb)

    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. greek(Verb)

    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. Greek(adj)

    of or pertaining to Greece or the Greeks; Grecian

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

  2. Greek(noun)

    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. Greek(noun)

    a swindler; a knave; a cheat

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

  4. Greek(noun)

    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. Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni:

    Italy's government considers it short-sighted and dangerous to underestimate the Greek crisis.

  2. RAS CARDO REGGAE:

    ***(c)(p) I coined the word-frienimicus- using the latin I learned in catholic high school at the same time when I coined the word- reggae from the word streggae. I knew from an early age that languages in latin and greek were used by the ancients and now forms the roots of many english words. it has helped my icabulary and word power immensely. this means when a friend becomes an enemy as when an enemy becomes a friend. I learned latin and greek at an early age, mostly self taught.

  3. Carsten Brzeski:

    Boom. German industrial orders just defied any concerns about a slowdown of the economy due to the Chinese slowdown or Greek turbulence, today's numbers show that the German economy could take the current positive momentum into the third quarter.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Manage your Anger, because Anger is a highly deceptive and self-destructive sword. Anger would totally destroy the person who possesses it rather than the people against whom it gets directed. Greek Mythology also teaches us that when Gods wish to destroy someone, they always make her/him angry first. So, manage your Anger effectively, for your own sake, so that Anger would never be able to destroy you; never ever!

  5. European Parliament President Martin Schulz:

    So it would be good if Greece fulfils the obligations that it has agreed to - then further money will flow, the willingness of the Greek government to cooperate must improve.

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