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  1. a friend or supporter of the Greeks.
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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 formsphil·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
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British Dictionary definitions for philhellene


philhellenist (fɪlˈhɛlɪnɪst)

  1. a lover of Greece and Greek culture
  2. European history a supporter of the cause of Greek national independence
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Derived Formsphilhellenic (ˌfɪlhɛˈliːnɪk), adjectivephilhellenism (fɪlˈhɛlɪˌnɪzəm), noun
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Word Origin and History for philhellene


1824, "loving the Greeks," from Greek, from philos "loving" (see -phile) + Hellen "Greek" (see Hellenic). Originally in English in reference to the cause of Greek independence. Related: Philhellenic.

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