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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.]


(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


(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]
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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The presence of Jewish merchants precipitated the development of Yiddish as a koine of the Central European Jewish Community.
Estas diferencias se van uniformando gradualmente con la creacion de una koine que dara lugar al judeoespanol, lengua que comienza a alejarse cada vez mas del espanol (Wagner 1930, p.
The dancers include: Robert Green, Logan Hernandez, Lex Ishimoto, Koine Iwasaki, Dassy Lee, Kaylee Millis, KiKi Nyemchek, Taylor Sieve, Sydney Tormey and Mark Villaver.
Ishimoto's runner-up, Koine Iwasaki, as well as fourth runner-up Kiki Nyemchek will be joining him and Sieve and the rest of the top 10 dancers in the upcoming tour.
It seeks to highlight the role and influence of Cyprus within the cultural koine of Hellenistic age, with particular reference to the relations of the island with Cyrene, and more generally with the main sites of the Eastern Mediterranean.
Upsolar will use a structure exclusively created by Koine, a design company that specializes in floating platforms.
The preferred form was a mixed Mandarin koine with roots going back much earlier, such as that represented in Li Ruzhen's mid-Qing rime compendium Lishi yinjian.
Kod ostalih jezika primjetno je to da su standardizirani kasnije od vecine europskih jezika i/ili da su temeljeni na dijalektnoj koine (npr.
He likens this cultural process to what linguists refer to as a koine (a language formed through the consolidation of related languages) rather than to creolization (a syncretic process that brings together disparate elements to make something new).
It's been some 20 years since my Koine Greek classes but it wasn't hard to recognize the prominent Greek Lambda which serves as the Legion Series logo.
La questione intorno alla caratterizzazione della koine settentrionale risale almeno al Mussafia, il quale la defini un parlare non privo di coltura, con non poche reminiscenze latine, con gran numero di quelle eleganze che non erano ne toscane ne provenzali ne francesi esclusivamente, ma proprie di tutti gli idiomi neolatini, che nel medioevo pervennero a letterario sviluppo (Mussafia, 1983: 229).
As the Jews used various Iberian Peninsula dialects it took time for the language to unify into a kind of koine (Minervini 2002; Quintana 2009).