/gris/ (say grees)

a republic in south-eastern Europe, consisting of many islands and the south part of the Balkan peninsula between the Ionian and Aegean Seas; noted for its ancient civilisations; under Turkish rule before independence as a kingdom in 1827; a republic since 1975. 131 990 km2. Language: Greek. Currency: euro (formerly, drachma). Capital: Athens.
Modern Greek, Ellás. Ancient Greek, Hellas. Official name, Hellenic Republic.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.