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Hellenic

[ he-len-ik, -lee-nik ]
/ hɛˈlɛn ɪk, -ˈli nɪk /
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adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient Greeks or their language, culture, thought, etc., especially before the time of Alexander the Great.Compare Hellenistic (def. 3).

noun

Also called Greek. a branch of the Indo-European family of languages, comprising a variety of ancient, medieval, and modern dialects and languages, all of them called Greek.

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Origin of Hellenic

First recorded in 1635–45, Hellenic is from the Greek word Hellēnikós of, pertaining to the Greeks. See Hellene, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM Hellenic

Hel·len·i·cal·ly, adverbnon-Hel·len·ic, adjectivepre-Hel·len·ic, adjectivepro-Hel·len·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Hellenic

Hellenic
/ (hɛˈlɛnɪk, -ˈliː-) /

adjective

of or relating to the ancient or modern Greeks or their language
of or relating to ancient Greece or the Greeks of the classical period (776–323 bc)Compare Hellenistic
another word for Greek

noun

a branch of the Indo-European family of languages consisting of Greek in its various ancient and modern dialects

Derived forms of Hellenic

Hellenically, adverb
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