1. a person, especially in ancient times, adopting Greek speech, ideas, or customs.
  2. 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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Examples from the Web for hellenist

Historical Examples of hellenist

  • The Emperor, surrounded by his Hellenist friends, had just appeared there.

    The Death of the Gods

    Dmitri Mrejkowski

  • I have only one opinion, which is, that the Galilean cooks are no worse than the Hellenist cooks.

    The Death of the Gods

    Dmitri Mrejkowski

  • Wilde knew that, he knew everything, in addition to being a thorough Hellenist.

    Oscar Wilde

    Edgar Saltus

  • Instead of this, as far as I remember, that abject Hellenist says nothing at all.

    George Bernard Shaw

    Gilbert K. Chesterton

  • This the poet received with an enthusiastic letter of thanks, at the same time confessing his insufficiency as a Hellenist.

British Dictionary definitions for hellenist


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