μέγας

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From conflation of Proto-Indo-European *méǵh₂s (great) with its derivative *meǵh₂los (great). Cognates include Sanskrit मह (mahá, great, mighty, strong, abundant), Middle Persian ms (meh, great) (< *mas), (Persian مه(mih)), Avestan 𐬨𐬀𐬰-(maz-, large), Tocharian B māka (large), Hittite [script needed] (mēkkis, much, many, numerous), Old Armenian մեծ (mec), Old Irish maige (great, large), Albanian madh (large), Latin magnus and Old English micel (English much).

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μέγᾰς (mégasm (feminine μεγάλη, neuter μέγᾰ); first/second declension

  1. big, large
  2. great, mighty, loud
  3. marvelous, awesome

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Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μέγας.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈme.ɣas/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: μέ‧γας

Adjective[edit]

μέγας (mégasm (feminine μεγάλη, neuter μέγα)

  1. (formal, pompous) great, very important
    • 1959 Odysseas Elytis. poem: Άξιον Εστί (To Axion Esti "It Is Worthy")
      ΑΥΤΟΣ
      ο κόσμος ο μικρός, ο μέγας!
      AYTOS
      o kósmos o mikrós, o mégas!
      THIS
      the world the small the great!
      The Collected Poems of Odysseus Elytis @books.google
    είναι μέγας νομικόςeínai mégas nomikóshe is a great legal mind
    Synonym: τρανός (tranós)
    1. (ironically)
      είναι μέγας απατεώνeínai mégas apateónhe is a huge conman
      μέγα λάθος!méga láthos!big mistake!
  2. (for important places and historical figures): with capital M → Μέγας
    Μέγας Αλέξανδρος - o Αλέξανδρος ο ΜέγαςMégas Aléxandros - o Aléxandros o MégasAlexander the Great
    Μεγάλη Αικατερίνη - η Αικατερίνη η ΜεγάληMegáli Aikateríni - i Aikateríni i MegáliCatherine the Great

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