[ fil-hel-een ]
/ fɪlˈhɛl in /


a friend or supporter of the Greeks.
Also phil·hel·len·ist [fil-hel-uh-nist, fil-he-lee-nist] /fɪlˈhɛl ə nɪst, ˌfɪl hɛˈli nɪst/.

Origin of philhellene

First recorded in 1815–25, philhellene is from the Greek word philéllēn Greek-loving. See phil-, Hellene

Related forms

phil·hel·len·ic [fil-he-len-ik, -lee-nik] /ˌfɪl hɛˈlɛn ɪk, -ˈli nɪk/, adjectivephil·hel·len·ism [fil-hel-uh-niz-uh m] /fɪlˈhɛl əˌnɪz əm/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for philhellene


philhellenist (fɪlˈhɛlɪnɪst)

/ (fɪlˈhɛliːn) /


a lover of Greece and Greek culture
European history a supporter of the cause of Greek national independence

Derived Forms

philhellenic (ˌfɪlhɛˈliːnɪk), adjectivephilhellenism (fɪlˈhɛlɪˌnɪzəm), noun
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