- Rhymes: -ɛləs
- Greece; (specifically) Ancient Greece.
- 1999 March, Sean McMeekin, “The Place that Launched a Thousand Ships”, in Literary Review:
- Modern Greece would not be Byzantium reborn. Rather, it was an imagined nation conjured up from ancient Hellas.
Hellas f (related adjective helladský)
- See Helén
- Hellas in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
- Hellas in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989
Directly borrowed from Greek Ελλάς (Ellás, “Greece”), possibly being influenced by Ancient Greek Ἑλλάς (Hellás, “Greece”), in 1932 to replace the Danish loanword and German cognate Grekenland as part of a trend to adopt endonyms as Norway was nation-building during the early 20th century and as a compromise during the early stages of the Norwegian language conflict, with Nynorsk and Samnorsk advocates rejecting the existing name and Grekerland, a calque of Swedish Grekland, only working in Bokmål (where Greek is greker, being grekar instead in Nynorsk). In the 1970s, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry attempted to reverse the name change to be more similar to other European countries. Although this movement gained enough momentum to make it to the Language Council of Norway, it was rejected by a majority of the Council.