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[koi-ney, koi-ney] /kɔɪˈneɪ, ˈkɔɪ neɪ/

(usually initial capital letter) an amalgam of Greek dialects, chiefly Attic and Ionic, that replaced the Classical Greek dialects in the Hellenistic period and flourished under the Roman Empire.
a lingua franca.
a common language among speakers of different languages; lingua franca
(sometimes not capital) the Koine, 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

common literary dialect of Greek in Roman and early medieval period, 1903, from feminine singular of Greek koinos “common, ordinary” (see coeno-). Used earlier as a Greek word in English.


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