Definition of oecumene in English:


Pronunciation /iːˈkjuːməni/


(also ecumene)
  • The inhabited or civilized world, specifically that known to the ancient Greeks. Also (in extended use): the inhabited or developed world (or part of it) as known to or embraced by a later civilization.


Early 20th century. From post-classical Latin oecumene (also ecumene) the inhabited earth, the whole world or its etymon ancient Greek οἰκουμένη (use as noun (short for οἰκουμένη γή) of passive participle of οἰκεῖν to dwell, inhabit from οἶκος house), probably partly after German Ökumene, †Oekumene and French oecuménée, oecoumène.