|1.||[ noun ] (linguistics,antiquity,Greek antiquity) a Greek dialect that flourished under the Roman Empire|
|2.||[ noun ] (linguistics) a common language used by speakers of different languages|
|Synonyms:||interlingua lingua_franca interlanguage|
"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"
|Related terms:||language natural_language lingua_franca|
|3.||[ noun ] (linguistics) a common language used by speakers of different languages|