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How to Pronounce Greek: Learn how to pronounce Greek in English correctly

Learn how to say Greek correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.

Oxford dictionary definition of the word Greek:

relating to Greece, its people, or their language. Compare with Hellenic.
1a native or inhabitant of modern Greece, or a person of Greek descent.
a Greek-speaking person in the ancient world, especially a native of one of the city states of Greece and the eastern Mediterranean.
2 [mass noun] the ancient or modern language of Greece, the only representative of the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family.
The ancient form of Greek was spoken in the southern Balkan peninsula from the 2nd millennium bc. The Greek alphabet, used from the 1st millennium bc onwards, was adapted from the Phoenician alphabet. The dialect of classical Athens formed the basis of the standard dialect (koinē) from the 3rd century bc onwards, and this remained as a literary language during the periods of the Byzantine Empire and Turkish rule (see katharevousa). The colloquial language, however, continued to evolve independently (see demotic)

3US a member of a fraternity or sorority having a Greek-letter name.

beware (or fear) the Greeks bearing gifts
proverb if a rival or enemy shows one generosity or kindness, one should be suspicious of their motives.
[with allusion to Virgil’s Aeneid (ii. 49)]
it’s (all) Greek to me
informal I can’t understand it at all.


Old English Grēcas ‘the Greeks’, from Latin Graeci, the name given by the Romans to the people who called themselves the Hellenes, from Greek Graikoi, which according to Aristotle was the prehistoric name of the Hellenes