- 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 Hell?nist?s, imitator of the Greeks from Hell?nizein, 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.
From Ancient Greek ελληνιστής (hellenistes) "somebody who speaks Greek", from ελληνίζειν (hellenizein) "to speak Greek, to make Greek, to become Greek, hellenize", from Ancient Greek Έλλην (Hellen) "Greek".