Grecian

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See also: Graecian, Græcian, and Gracian

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Grecian (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete or poetic) Greek (of or from Greece or the Greek people, especially those of Ancient Greece).
    • 1840, John Dunlop, The Universal Tendency to Association in Mankind. Analyzed and Illustrated, London: Houlston and Stoneman, page 103:
      Olympic Games. — Besides the ordinary confederacies that join independent states together, a singular federal bond is remarkable in the Olympic games, which for many ages cemented the Grecian commonwealths by a joint tie of recreation and religious ritual.
    Synonym: Hellenic

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Grecian (plural Grecians)

  1. (obsolete) A native or inhabitant of Greece.
  2. A senior pupil at Christ's Hospital School in West Sussex, England.
  3. (obsolete) A Jew who spoke Greek; a Hellenist.
  4. (obsolete) One well versed in the Greek language; a scholar of Greek.
    • 1791, James Boswell, Life of Johnson, Oxford 2008, p. 519:
      I spoke of Mr. Harris, of Salisbury, as being a very learned man, and in particular an eminent Grecian.
  5. (obsolete, slang) An Irish labourer newly arrived on the British mainland.

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