- a republic in SE Europe, occupying the S part of the Balkan Peninsula and many islands in the Ionian and Aegean Seas; site of two of Europe's earliest civilizations (the Minoan and Mycenaean); in the classical era divided into many small independent city-states, the most important being Athens and Sparta; part of the Roman and Byzantine Empires; passed under Turkish rule in the late Middle Ages; became an independent kingdom in 1827; taken over by a military junta (1967–74); the monarchy was abolished in 1973; became a republic in 1975; a member of the European Union. Official language: Greek. Official religion: Eastern (Greek) Orthodox. Currency: euro. Capital: Athens. Pop: 10 977 000 (2004 est). Area: 131 944 sq km (50 944 sq miles)
Modern Greek name: EllásRelated adjective(s): Hellenic
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Greece (grēs),USA pronunciation n.
- Place NamesAncient Greek, Hellas. Modern Greek, Ellas. a republic in S Europe at the S end of the Balkan Peninsula. 10,583,126;
50,147 sq. mi. (129,880 sq. km). Cap.: Athens.
- Place Namesa city in W New York. 16,177.
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Greece /ɡriːs/ n
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