[gree-shuh n]


Greek (especially with reference to ancient Greece).


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.


    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



(esp of beauty or architecture) conforming to Greek ideals, esp in being classically simple


a scholar of or expert in the Greek language or literature

adjective, noun

another word for Greek
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Word Origin and History for grecian



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper