Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Greek"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

Found only in the New Testament, where a distinction is observed
between "Greek" and "Grecian" (q.v.). The former is (1) a Greek
by race (Acts 16:1-3; 18:17; Rom. 1:14), or (2) a Gentile as
opposed to a Jew (Rom. 2:9, 10). The latter, meaning properly
"one who speaks Greek," is a foreign Jew opposed to a home Jew
who dwelt in Palestine.

The word "Grecians" in Acts 11:20 should be "Greeks," denoting
the heathen Greeks of that city, as rendered in the Revised
Version according to the reading of the best manuscripts

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Greek \Greek\, a. [AS. grec, L. Graecus, Gr. ?: cf. F. grec. Cf.
Of or pertaining to Greece or the Greeks; Grecian.

{Greek calends}. See under Calends.

{Greek Church} (Eccl. Hist.), the Eastern Church; that part
of Christendom which separated from the Roman or Western
Church in the ninth century. It comprises the great bulk
of the Christian population of Russia (of which this is
the established church), Greece, Moldavia, and Wallachia.
The Greek Church is governed by patriarchs and is called
also the {Byzantine Church}.

{Greek cross}. See Illust. (10) Of {Cross}.

{Greek Empire}. See {Byzantine Empire}.

{Greek fire}, a combustible composition which burns under
water, the constituents of which are supposed to be
asphalt, with niter and sulphur. --Ure.

{Greek rose}, the flower campion.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Greek \Greek\, n.
1. A native, or one of the people, of Greece; a Grecian;
also, the language of Greece.

2. A swindler; a knave; a cheat. [Slang]

Without a confederate the . . . game of baccarat
does not . . . offer many chances for the Greek.
--Sat. Rev.

3. Something unintelligible; as, it was all Greek to me.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : of or relating to or characteristic of Greece or the Greeks;
"Greek mythology"; "a grecian robe" [syn: {Greek}, {Grecian},
n 1: the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family of languages
[syn: {Greek}, {Hellenic}, {Hellenic language}]
2: a native or inhabitant of Greece [syn: {Greek}, {Hellene}]

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