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 (koi-nā′, koi′nā′)
1. A dialect of Greek that developed primarily from Attic and became the common language of the Hellenistic world, from which later stages of Greek are descended.
2. koine A lingua franca.
3. koine A regional dialect or language that becomes the standard language over a wider area, losing its most extreme local features.

[From Greek (hē) koinē (dialektos), common (language), feminine of koinos, common; see kom in Indo-European roots.]
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(Linguistics) a common language among speakers of different languages; lingua franca
[from Greek koinē dialektos common language]


(Languages) the Koine (sometimes not capital) the Ancient Greek dialect that was the lingua franca of the empire of Alexander the Great and was widely used throughout the E Mediterranean area in Roman times
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(kɔɪˈneɪ, ˈkɔɪ neɪ)

1. (usu. cap.) the form of ancient Greek, based mainly on Attic, that supplanted other dialects in the Hellenistic period and became the standard language, from which subsequent stages of Greek developed.
2. any language or dialect, often in modified form, in widespread use in an area where other languages were or still are spoken; lingua franca.
[1910–15; < Greek]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Koine - a Greek dialect that flourished under the Roman Empire
Greek, Hellenic, Hellenic language - the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family of languages
2.koine - a common language used by speakers of different languages; "Koine is a dialect of ancient Greek that was the lingua franca of the empire of Alexander the Great and was widely spoken throughout the eastern Mediterranean area in Roman times"
language, linguistic communication - a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols; "he taught foreign languages"; "the language introduced is standard throughout the text"; "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"
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Readers will see for themselves examples of the Quattrocento koine which makes Boiardo's letters, even more than his other works, especially valuable to linguists (p.
In Koine Greek (the dialect of Greek used by the authors of the New Testament), petros and petra are masculine and feminine forms of words with the same root and the same definition rock.
The majority of our young and many other Greek Cypriots including me, do not understand the language of their liturgical services but our autocephalous Churchignores our pleas foressential changes to their 'sacred cow' defunct liturgy in KOINE Greek that existed when the Gospels were written.
He notes that the concept of "influence" is outdated, promotes exploration of the participation of Jewish literati in the koine of first-millennium BCE intellectual environments, and calls for identification and contextualization of the loci of points of contact between communities participating in calendric activity.
In the Koine Greek of the four gospels, the total is 81-30 in Matthew, 14 in Mark, 25 Luke and 12 in John.
Solace has announced that Koine Finance has selected Solace PubSub+ message broker to enable event-driven data flow between the distributed applications that support their range of services, including digital asset storage, the company said.
Asimismo, reflexionan sobre el oligopolio, el regionalismo, el concepto koine y sus implicaciones, asi como sobre la contribucion de estos territorios en el proceso de la globalizacion material romana.
Es un autor que quiere hacernos entender que no entendemos el islam de manera adecuada porque el mismo lenguaje en el que lo abarcamos como fenomeno ya llama a la confusion (llamando a una misma cosa lo que son tres: una religion, un marco cultural o koine que tuvo una vida concreta, y un islam contemporaneo).
- The presence of Jewish merchants precipitated the development of Yiddish as a koine of the Central European Jewish Community.
The dancers include: Robert Green, Logan Hernandez, Lex Ishimoto, Koine Iwasaki, Dassy Lee, Kaylee Millis, KiKi Nyemchek, Taylor Sieve, Sydney Tormey and Mark Villaver.