I. noun Etymology: Middle English Greke, from Old English Grēca, from Latin Graecus, from Greek Graikos Date: before 12th century 1. a. a native or inhabitant of ancient or modern Greece b. a person of Greek descent 2. a. the language used by the Greeks from prehistoric times to the present constituting a branch of Indo-European — see Indo-European languages table b. ancient Greek as used from the time of the earliest records to the end of the second century A.D. — see Indo-European languages table c. often not capitalized [translation of Latin Graecum (in the medieval phrase Graecum est; non potest legi Italian is Greek; it cannot be read)] something unintelligible <
it's Greek to me
3. a member of a Greek-letter fraternity or sorority II. adjective Date: 14th century 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Greece, the Greeks, or Greek <
Greek architecture
2. a. Eastern Orthodox b. of or relating to an Eastern church using the Byzantine rite in Greek c. of or relating to the established Orthodox church of Greece 3. of or relating to fraternities or sororities <
the Greek system

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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