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From Ancient Greek ελληνιστής (hellenistes) "somebody who speaks Greek", from ελληνίζειν (hellenizein) "to speak Greek, to make Greek, to become Greek, hellenize", from Ancient Greek Έλλην (Hellen) "Greek".
- 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.
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