From Ancient Greek ἑλληνιστής (hellēnistḗs, “somebody who speaks Greek”), from ἑλληνίζειν (hellēnízein, “to speak Greek, to behave like a Greek, to become Greek, hellenize”) (infinitive of ἑλληνίζω (hellēnízō)), from Ἕλλην (Héllēn, “Greek”).
Hellenist (plural Hellenists)
- A specialist in the study of Greek language, literature, culture, or history, or an admirer of the Greek culture and civilization.
- A person who adopted the Greek customs, language and culture during the Hellenistic period, especially a Hellenized Jew.
- A follower and practitioner of Hellenic religion (aka Hellenism, Olympianism etc.)