Ἕλλην

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Μost probably a derivation of Ἑλλοί or Σελλοί, the Greek inhabitants of the area around the sanctuary of Dodona (Δωδώνη), itself of pre-Greek origin.[1]

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Noun[edit]

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Ἕλλην ‎(Héllēnm ‎(genitive Ἕλληνος); third declension

  1. Greek, one who is from Greece or speaks Greek.
    • 386 BCE – 367 BCE, Plato, Meno 82.b
      Σωκράτης   Ἕλλην μέν ἐστι καὶ ἑλληνίζει;
      Μένων   πάνυ γε σφόδρα, οἰκογενής γε.
      Socrates: Is [the slave boy] a Greek and speaks Greek?
      Meno: Very much so, in fact home-bred.
  2. one who participates in Greek culture.
  3. often used in Jewish and Christian literature as referring to any non-Jew: gentile
  4. pagan

Proper noun[edit]

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Ἕλλην ‎(Héllēnm ‎(genitive Ἕλληνος); third declension

  1. Hellen, the mythical patriarch of the Greeks.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert S. P. Beekes, Greek etymological dictionary

Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Ἕλλην ‎(Héllēn)

Noun[edit]

Ἕλλην ‎(Ἕllinm ‎(plural Ἕλληνες)

  1. Katharevousa form of Έλληνας ‎(Éllinas, Greek man)