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[gree-koh-roh-muh n, grek-oh-] /ˌgri koʊˈroʊ mən, ˌgrɛk oʊ-/
adjective, noun, Chiefly British.


[gree-koh-roh-muh n, grek-oh-] /ˌgri koʊˈroʊ mən, ˌgrɛk oʊ-/
of or having both Greek and Roman characteristics:
the Greco-Roman influence.
pertaining to or designating a style of the fine arts developed in Rome or the Roman Empire from the middle of the 1st century b.c. to the early 4th century a.d., chiefly characterized by an apparent indebtedness to Greek forms or motifs modified by technological innovation, monumental scale, the combination of symbolic with narrative treatment of subject matter, and an emphasis on the commemorative aspect of a work of art.
a style of wrestling in which the contestants are forbidden to trip, tackle, and use holds below the waist.
Compare catch-as-catch-can (def 1).
Also, especially British, Graeco-Roman. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Graeco-Roman
Historical Examples
  • That is the only way in which we can be superior to the Graeco-Roman world in the matter of art.

  • So far as we know, there were no rebels of that kind in the art of the Graeco-Roman world.

  • So, we may be sure, the decadent artists of the Graeco-Roman world were not rebels.

  • Back of him was the double tradition of learning, the Irish and the Graeco-Roman.

  • I have said that he took up art where Graeco-Roman Antiquity had left it.

    Euphorion Vernon Lee
  • He had to sue two Graeco-Roman wrestlers for board and attach their box-office receipts.

    In Madeira Place Heman White Chaplin
  • He destroyed the Graeco-Roman civilization and the world reverted to utter darkness for four centuries.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • The face of this juvenile was that of a Graeco-Roman satyr to the furthest degree of completeness.

    The Hand of Ethelberta Thomas Hardy
  • From now on all distinction ceases, and it is scarcely possible to speak of a Roman in contrast to a Graeco-Roman cult.

    The Religion of Numa Jesse Benedict Carter
  • In the Graeco-Roman religion the advances which appear in Christianity are already prefigured.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies
British Dictionary definitions for Graeco-Roman


of, characteristic of, or relating to Greek and Roman influences, as found in Roman sculpture
denoting a style of wrestling in which the legs may not be used to obtain a fall and no hold may be applied below the waist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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