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Greece

[grees] /gris/
noun
1.
Ancient Greek Hellas. Modern Greek Ellas. a republic in S Europe at the S end of the Balkan Peninsula. 50,147 sq. mi. (129,880 sq. km).
Capital: Athens.
2.
a city in W New York.
Related forms
anti-Greece, adjective
Can be confused
grease, Greece.
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  • Her house is the only one in all Greece where women are allowed to be present at entertainments.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • But the purest and best matrons of Greece refuse to be my guests.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • But the British government objected to the separation and their union with Greece.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • In April, 1870, a party of English travelers in Greece were seized by brigands.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Christian Greece weaker than at any time since she became a kingdom.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
British Dictionary definitions for Greece

Greece

/ɡriːs/
noun
1.
a republic in SE Europe, occupying the S part of the Balkan Peninsula and many islands in the Ionian and Aegean Seas; site of two of Europe's earliest civilizations (the Minoan and Mycenaean); in the classical era divided into many small independent city-states, the most important being Athens and Sparta; part of the Roman and Byzantine Empires; passed under Turkish rule in the late Middle Ages; became an independent kingdom in 1827; taken over by a military junta (1967–74); the monarchy was abolished in 1973; became a republic in 1975; a member of the European Union. Official language: Greek. Official religion: Eastern (Greek) Orthodox. Currency: euro. Capital: Athens. Pop: 10 772 967 (2013 est). Area: 131 944 sq km (50 944 sq miles) Modern Greek name Ellás, related adjective Hellenic
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Word Origin and History for Greece

c.1300, from Latin Graecia; named for its inhabitants; see Greek. Earlier in English was Greklond (c.1200). The Turkish name for the country, via Persian, is Yunanistan, literally "Land of the Ionians." Ionia also yielded the name for the country in Arabic and Hindi (Yunan).

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Greece in Culture

Greece definition


Republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula. Its capital and largest city is Athens.

Note: Greece is a member of NATO.
Note: Ancient Greek culture, particularly as developed in Athens, was the principal source of Western civilization.
Note: Tension and fighting between Greece and Turkey has continued for hundreds of years.
Note: It is known for its production of grapes, olives, and olive oil.
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