The English language has borrowed extensively from the Greek language beginning during the Germanic

period when many words borrowed from Latin were originally borrowed into Latin from Greek. English
continued to borrow from Greek through Latin during the Old English period. However, most of the
Greek loanwords in English were borrowed during the Early Modern English period by scholars,
scientists, writers, and other highly educated English speakers. Thus, although English is a Germanic
language, many common and everyday words as well as the vocabulary of specialized domains such as
science including linguistics are of Greek origin.

List of Greek Loanwords

With all the loanwords borrowed from Greek into English, an exhaustive list would be too lengthy to be
possible. The following are some of the commonly used Greek loanwords in English:

academia

academy

acoustics

aesthetics

amnesia

analogy

analysis

analytic

anatomy

angel

anonymous

antagonist

antarctica

anthropology

antibiotic

antiseptic

apathy

apocalypse

archaeology archipelago architecture arctic armageddon atmosphere atom autocracy autograph .