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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
Greek /grik/USA pronunciation  adj. 
  1. of or relating to Greece.
  2. of or relating to the language spoken in Greece.

n. 
  • [countable] a person born or living in Greece.
  • [uncountable] the language spoken in ancient or modern Greece.
  • [uncountable] something difficult to understand:This contract is Greek to me.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    Greek  (grēk), 
    adj. 
    1. Language Varietiesof or pertaining to Greece, the Greeks, or their language.
    2. Religionpertaining to the Greek Orthodox Church.
    3. Linguisticsnoting or pertaining to the alphabetical script derived from a Semitic form of writing and employing some letters that originally represented consonants for vowel sounds, which was used from about the beginning of the first millennium b.c. for the writing of Greek, and from which the Latin, Cyrillic, and other alphabets were derived.

    n. 
  • Language Varietiesa native or inhabitant of Greece.
  • Language Varietiesthe language of the ancient Greeks and any of the languages that have developed from it, as Hellenistic Greek, Biblical Greek, the Koine, and Modern Greek. Abbr.: Gk, Gk.
  • Informal Terms[Informal.]anything unintelligible, as speech, writing, etc.:This contract is Greek to me.
  • Religiona member of the Greek Church.
  • Language VarietiesHellenic (def. 3).
  • a person who belongs to a Greek-letter fraternity or sorority.
  • [Archaic.]a cheater, esp. one who cheats at cards: usually considered offensive.
  • Etymology:bef. 900;
    Middle English;
    Old English Grēcas (plural) Latin Graecī the Greeks (nominative plural of Graecus) Greek Graikoí, plural of Graikós Greek
    Greekdom, n. 
    Greekish, adj. 


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    Greek /ɡriːk/ n
    1. the official language of Greece, constituting the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family of languages
      See Late Greek, Medieval Greek
    2. a native or inhabitant of Greece or a descendant of such a native
    3. a member of the Greek Orthodox Church
    4. informal anything incomprehensible (esp in the phrase it's (all) Greek to me)
    5. Greek meets Greekequals meet
    adj
    1. denoting, relating to, or characteristic of Greece, the Greeks, or the Greek language; Hellenic
    2. of, relating to, or designating the Greek Orthodox Church
    Etymology: from Old English Grēcas (plural), or Latin Graecus, from Greek Graikos

    ˈGreekness n



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