Meaning of Hellene in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɛliːn/


  • 1An ancient Greek.

    ‘The ancient Greeks called themselves the Hellenes.’
    • ‘These people were ‘kin to the Hellenes, the Italiots, the Celts, the Germanic peoples and the Slavs'.’
    • ‘I wouldn't go as far as to suggest that the Romans were nothing but a copy of the Greeks - that would be tantamount to asserting the genius of the Hellenes and imitative nature of the Romans.’
    • ‘The civilization on the mainland was founded by people called the Hellenes.’
    • ‘It is important to emphasize, then, that ancient Greece was not a state: the Greeks referred to themselves as Hellenes.’
    • ‘Now in those days the god Thamus was the king of the whole country of Egypt; and he dwelt in that great city of Upper Egypt which the Hellenes call Egyptian Thebes, and the god himself is called by them Ammon.’
    • ‘The taboo of the number 13 predates Christ and the Templars, though, as well as the Norse - the Hellenes had it, for instance.’
    • ‘Similarly, racism has, as we all know, been around since the Hellenes started referring to all non-Greek speakers as barbarians.’
    • ‘There is Olympus, abode of the gods of two worlds, Hellenes and Romans, and inspiration to philosophers of myriad ages and cultures.’
    • ‘He had always wanted to write a classical work, a history book, something worthy of the old Hellenes he chose as masters.’
    1. 1.1A native of modern Greece (chiefly in the title of the exiled royal family)
      ‘the King of the Hellenes’
      • ‘They have always called themselves Hellenes and Greece is Hellas.’
      • ‘By 1975, both the King and Queen of the Hellenes and the Greek Line ship Queen Anna Maria would be driven out of Greece - the monarchs by political upheaval and the Queen Anna Maria by financial troubles.’
      • ‘Then there is the youngest of the three princesses, Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes.’
      • ‘One is a Greek not because he is a Hellene by birth; indeed many of Greek parentage have abandoned their identities and disappeared into the American mainstream.’
      • ‘Though a Hellene, I cannot side with the Greek lawyers.’
      • ‘The colourful Hellenes are viewed with interest by many in Greek society but largely ridiculed by the media.’
      • ‘If you look at the international press the world is praising the Hellenes and repenting for their misguided views.’


From Greek Hellēn ‘a Greek’. Compare with Hellen.