- of the Hellenes; Greek
- of the history, language, or culture of the ancient Greeks, specif. from the late 8th century to the death of Alexander the Great (323 )
Origin of HellenicClassical Greek Hell?nikos from Hell?nes, the Greeks
- the language of ancient Greece
- Greek (noun)
- The Greek language and its dialects from the earliest records (Linear B inscriptions, about 1600-1300 BCE) to the present Modern Greek.
From Ancient Greek Ἑλληνικός (Hellenikos, “of or relating to Greece or Greeks”), from Ancient Greek Ἑλλάς (Hellas, “Greece”).
The English term is a learned 17th-century formation, attested from ca. 1640.