βασιλιάς

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Etymology[edit]

Inherited from the Mediaeval Byzantine Greek βασιλιάς < βασιλέας (basiléas) with synizesis [ʎa] to avoid hiatus. From Ancient Greek βασιλεύς (basileús, king, leader, prince, emperor)[1], from Proto-Hellenic *gʷatiléus; the word, attested in some form since Mycenaean times, is of uncertain ultimate etymology; possibly of Anatolian origin.[2] Also see βασίλισσα (basílissa, queen).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /va.siˈʎas/
  • Hyphenation: βα‧σι‧λιάς
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Noun[edit]

βασιλιάς (vasiliásm (plural βασιλιάδες, feminine βασίλισσα)

  1. king
    Ο Βασιλιάς των Λιονταριών
    O Vasiliás ton Liontarión
    The Lion King
  2. (chess) king
  3. (figuratively) tycoon (king of) + type of business
    Ο Φορντ ήταν βασιλιάς της αυτοκινητοβιομηχανίας.
    O Fornt ítan vasiliás tis aftokinitoviomichanías.
    Ford was the king of automobile industry.

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Chess pieces in Greek · πεσσοί (pessoí) (layout · text)
♚ ♛ ♜ ♝ ♞ ♟
βασιλιάς (vasiliás) βασίλισσα (vasílissa) πύργος (pýrgos) αξιωματικός (axiomatikós), τρελός (trelós) ίππος (íppos) στρατιώτης (stratiótis), πιόνι (pióni)

References[edit]

  1. ^ βασιλιάςΛεξικό της κοινής νεοελληνικής [Dictionary of Standard Modern Greek], 1998, by the "Triantafyllidis" Foundation.
  2. ^ Babiniotis, Georgios (2010), “βασιλιάς”, in Etymologikó lexikó tis néas ellinikís glóssas [Etymological Dictionary of Modern Greek] (in Greek), Athens: Lexicology Centre