Definition of Panhellenic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpanhəˈlenik/


1Of, concerning, or representing all people of Greek origin or ancestry.
Example sentences
  • Victors at the Olympic games enjoyed a renown unmatched in the ancient Greek world: it was the most prestigious of the Panhellenic games.
  • The theoroi of each polis conducted ritual acts in the Panhellenic sanctuaries in the name of that polis.
  • Herakles' twelve labors are set in both Peloponnesian and distant locales, choices suited to a Panhellenic sanctuary, the site of Panhellenic games, and visitors and votives from all over Greece.
1.1Relating to, advocating, or denoting the idea of a political union of all Greeks.
1.2Of, concerning, or representing all college fraternities and sororities.
Example sentences
  • She also confirmed the dates for Destination Iowa State in August, inquired at the Panhellenic booth and registered as a student parishioner with a local church.
  • Zeta Tau Alpha is the third largest National Panhellenic Group with over 187000 initiated members and 237 chapters.
  • While joining a hometown Panhellenic group is helpful, it is not a prerequisite to participating in recruitment.

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Syllabification: Pan·hel·len·ic

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