- [alsoK-] the language used throughout the Greek world, from Syria to Gaul, during the Hellenistic and Roman periods: its spoken form consisted of colloquial Attic, supplemented by borrowings from other dialects: the New Testament is written in koine
- any regional dialect or language that has become the common language of a larger area
Origin of koineClassical Greek (h?) koin? (dialektos), (the) common (dialect) from koinos: see coeno-
- A dialect of Greek that developed primarily from Attic and became the common language of the Hellenistic world, from which later stages of Greek are descended.
- koine A lingua franca.
- koine A regional dialect or language that becomes the standard language over a wider area, losing its most extreme local features.
Origin of KoineFrom Greek (hē) koinē (dialektos) common (language) feminine of koinos common ; see kom in Indo-European roots.
From Ancient Greek Κοινή (Koinē), from ἡ κοινή διάλεκτος (hē koinē dialektos, “the common dialect”), from κοινός (koinos, “shared, common, public, general, ordinary, usual”).