Adri·​at·​ic ¦ā-drē-¦a-tik How to pronounce Adriatic (audio)
: of or relating to the sea that lies east of Italy

Word History


Middle English Adriatike, borrowed from Latin Adriāticus, Hadriāticus, from Adria, Atria, ancient seaport in northeast Italy + -āticus, suffix forming place-name derivatives (probably after Asiāticus asiatic )

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Adriatic was in 1632

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“Adriatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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