Definition of oecist in US English:


(also oikist, oekist)


Ancient Greek History
  • The founder of a colony in ancient Greece. Hence allusively: the founder of a colony in more recent times.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in George Grote (1794–1871), historian and politician. From ancient Greek οἰκιστής founder of a colony from οἰκίζειν to found as a colony + -ιστής.