[ hel-uh-nist ]
/ ˈhɛl ə nɪst /


a person, especially in ancient times, adopting Greek speech, ideas, or customs.
a person who admires or studies Greek civilization.

Origin of Hellenist

From the Greek word Hellēnistḗs, dating back to 1605–15. See Hellene, -ist
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/ (ˈhɛlɪnɪst) /


Also called: Hellenizer (in the Hellenistic world) a non-Greek, esp a Jew, who adopted Greek culture
a student of the Greek civilization or language
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