Definition of oecumene in English:

oecumene

(also oikoumene, ecumene, oikumene)

noun

  • The inhabited or civilized world, specifically that known to the ancient Greeks. Also (in extended use): the inhabited or developed world (or part of it) as known to or embraced by a later civilization.

Origin

Early 20th century. From post-classical Latin oecumene (also ecumene) the inhabited earth, the whole world or its etymon ancient Greek οἰκουμένη, probably partly after German Ökumene, † Oekumene and French oecuménée, oecoumène.

Pronunciation

oecumene

/iːˈkjuːməni/