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Grecian

[gree-shuh n] /ˈgri ʃən/
adjective
1.
Greek (especially with reference to ancient Greece).
noun
2.
a Greek.
3.
an expert in the Greek language or Greek literature.
Origin of Grecian
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin Graeci(a) Greece + -an
Related forms
pro-Grecian, adjective
pseudo-Grecian, adjective
quasi-Grecian, adjective
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  • That matron, like most Grecian women, was ignorant of her own written language.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • We see that the puzzle about identity proves at last to be of Grecian origin.

  • It was hideous, cabbage-green, with black velvet put on in a Grecian pattern.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • If ever any work were a sacred one, it was that of caring for these Grecian widows.

  • This gentleman was a clergyman, a profound Grecian, and a poor man.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for Grecian

Grecian

/ˈɡriːʃən/
adjective
1.
(esp of beauty or architecture) conforming to Greek ideals, esp in being classically simple
noun
2.
a scholar of or expert in the Greek language or literature
adjective, noun
3.
another word for Greek
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Word Origin and History for Grecian
adj.

c.1400, from Latin Graecia "Greece" (see Greek) + people ending -ian. The noun meaning "a Greek" is from early 15c.

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