- a non-Greek, esp. a Jew of the Hellenistic period, who adopted the Greek language, customs, etc.
- a specialist in the study of the Classical Greek language and ancient Greek culture
Origin of HellenistClassical Greek Hellēnistēs, imitator of the Greeks ; from Hellēnizein, to speak Greek
- One in Hellenistic times who adopted the Greek language and culture, especially a Jew of the Diaspora.
- A devotee or student of Greek civilization, language, or literature.