Grecian

[gree-shuh n]
noun
  1. a Greek.
  2. an expert in the Greek language or Greek literature.

Origin of Grecian

1540–50; < Latin Graeci(a) Greece + -an
Related formspro-Gre·cian, adjectivepseu·do-Gre·cian, adjectivequa·si-Gre·cian, adjective
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Examples from the Web for grecian

Contemporary Examples of grecian

Historical Examples of grecian

  • 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

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

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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