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koine

[ koi-ney, koi-ney ]
/ kɔɪˈneɪ, ˈkɔɪ neɪ /
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noun
(usually initial capital letter) an amalgam of Greek dialects, chiefly Attic and Ionic, that replaced the Classical Greek dialects in the Hellenistic period and flourished under the Roman Empire.
a lingua franca.
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Origin of koine

1910–15; <Greek koinḗ (diálektos) common (dialect); see ceno-2
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How to use koine in a sentence

  • He calls this degree stata forma,—a rational, mediocre sort of beauty, which is not liable to be either koine or poine.

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  • The author, as already shown, writes in the smooth and easy Koine of a gifted and cultivated Jew of Palestine.

  • But as we were then leaving Koine, and were not yet melted with the grief of absence, I had the courage to resist their demand.

British Dictionary definitions for koine (1 of 2)

koine
/ (ˈkɔɪniː) /

noun
a common language among speakers of different languages; lingua franca

Word Origin for koine

from Greek koinē dialektos common language

British Dictionary definitions for koine (2 of 2)

Koine
/ (ˈkɔɪniː) /

noun
the Koine (sometimes not capital) the Ancient Greek dialect that was the lingua franca of the empire of Alexander the Great and was widely used throughout the E Mediterranean area in Roman times
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