Dictionary of Proper Names

The brand new Babiniotis Dictionary of Proper Names covers the fascinating history of the most significant and well-known proper names —place names and personal names— explaining their origin and meaning and exploring their historical background.


  • over 2.700 place names and personal names, Greek and foreign, ancient and modern
  • reliable in-depth etymological information on each entry
  • extended historic and encyclopaedic details
  • authoritative dating of foreign names’ first occurrence or earliest reference in Greek
  • monitoring the history of proper names from the sources
  • the most familiar diminutives, pet forms and shortened personal names
  • family names / surnames deriving from first names
  • a special appendix with recapitulative comments, assembling and analysing common features of the various entries (e.g., place names and personal names originating from names given to animals, plants, rivers, things etc.), thus bringing out certain fundamental principles of onomatology

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OUR LANGUAGE. 180 texts on language

1st edition (2020)
Pages: 672
Dimensions: 153 x 237 mm
ISBN: 978-960-9582-16-2

180 texts by Professor G. Babiniotis are presented in this book, consisting essentially a “linguistic legacy” for those who love language. Well-written, intriguing articles by a linguist who has been involved for more than 40 years in research, study and teaching of language, especially Greek.

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Alphabet – Writing – Orthography

Professor G. Babiniotis’ explains the history and the adventures of the Greek writing, all the way from the very beginning to the orthography of modern Greek. A fascinating book treating the contribution of the Greek alphabet to contemporary civilisation, a civilisation of written language.
Part I: Alphabet – History, evolution, importance
Part II: Letters – The individual and fascinating story of each one of the 24 letters
Part III: Writing and orthography
Prominent features of this edition:

  • Readable, non-technical discussion
  • Full bibliographic account
  • Detailed charts and tables
  • Selected illustrations and documented inscriptions
  • Detailed indexes of names, terms, tables and illustrations


Dictionary for the school and the office – 3rd edition

A practical dictionary specially designed for everyday use at school and at work, providing up-to-date coverage of essential Modern Greek vocabulary, grammar and usage.

Distinctive features of the dictionary:

  • Colour edition
  • Concise grammar
  • Declension and conjugation tables
  • Special spelling insert with rules and tables
  • Concise and useful encyclopaedic information
  • Selected original drawings
  • Hyphenation of all head entries

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Small Dictionary of Modern Greek – 5th edition

Essential Modern Greek vocabulary in an easy-to-carry pocket format.
The Small Dictionary of Modern Greek, in its fifth updated edition (2022), utilised linguistic material collected after the fourth edition and applied many necessary modifications and improvements. New entries were added from the field of informatics, technology and the Internet, as well as from political and economic current affairs.
The constant enrichment of lexicographical material is a necessary factor, so that this dictionary proves to be a complete, functional and easy to use guide, being the largest Small Dictionary of Modern Greek.

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Modern School Grammar of the Greek Language – 2nd edition

2nd edition (2019) coloured
Pages: 488
Dimensions: 17,0 x 24,0 cm
ISBN: 978-960-9582-15-5

The Modern School Grammar of the Greek Language follows a new grammar approach, resulting from Professor G. Babiniotis’ 40 years of study of the Greek language. It is intended primarily for students and school teachers, but also for every speaker, eager to inquire, grasp and investigate the multi-faceted world of the Greek language.

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Dictionary of Derivatives and Compounds

The offspring of the words…

The Dictionary of Derivatives and Compounds of Modern Greek offers a multifaceted focus of Modern Greek vocabulary, including cognates, derivatives and compounds. It is a rich reference tool that actually describes the way and the procedure by which words are created from other words.

It includes:

  • 64.000 derivatives and compounds of selected headwords
  • 4.300 compound groups (on first and second component)
  • 350 notes on selected entries (addressing word formation, spelling, cognates etc.)
  • 300 tree diagrams depicting the derivational wealth of selected words

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Dictionary of the Most Advanced Words

(1st edition, 2015)
Enrich your vocabulary!

The Dictionary of the Most Advanced Words focuses on enriching the speaker’s vocabulary with advanced, demanding or difficult words, which are often encountered in literature and contemporary texts of various subject areas. Such words, while outside most people’s everyday vocabulary, are used at a higher communication level, when a more creative, powerful, learned and precise language is needed.

The dictionary includes 4.000 entries, followed by clear, simple and concise definitions, selected synonyms and phrases. All entries are provided with reliable etymological information. About 300 usage notes provide insight into common mistakes, differences between closely related or confused words, and meet the needs of the most demanding readers.

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Dictionary of Difficulties and Common Errors – 2nd  edition

A Companion to the usage of Greek

A practical linguistic advisor for speakers and learners of Modern Greek, specially designed to provide reliable information and clear explanations for most common errors and difficulties (in spelling, grammar, meaning, syntax, vocabulary and usage).

It focuses on the key problem areas in Modern Greek usage, dealing with those errors which practically appear in everyday spoken and written language, but also goes on to identify the problems underlying each difficulty, providing the reader with plain, explicit answers.

The dictionary contains 5.500 head entries on:

  • common errors in language use
  • difficulties concerning grammar, spelling or vocabulary choice
  • queries on differences between synonyms and commonly confused words
  • useful advice on good linguistic choices

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