Ae·​ge·​an i-ˈjē-ən How to pronounce Aegean (audio)
: of or relating to the arm of the Mediterranean Sea east of Greece
: of or relating to the chiefly Bronze Age civilization of the islands of the Aegean Sea and the countries adjacent to it

Examples of Aegean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each elegant domicile includes a private terrace with breathtaking views of the Aegean and neighboring islands. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Nov. 2023 For example, in the summer months, people in the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts swim and sunbathe with highs of 104 degrees Fahrenheit, while in the Black Sea region, people will experience much cooler weather and rain. Kaitlyn McInnis, Travel + Leisure, 27 Sep. 2023 Earthy, neutral colors like Aegean blue, Yuma tan, and Sedona orange are fun variations to basic black, though that is offered too. Kelsey Glennon, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Aug. 2023 After the show, the yacht returned to Bodrum on Turkey’s Aegean coast where it was parked until June, when the owner took it out for the first time. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 25 Aug. 2023 And in neighboring Turkey, at least six villages are evacuated in the west, after forest fires broke in the province of Canakkale, an Aegean city along Dardanelles Strait, Turkish authorities said. Niki Kitsantonis,, 22 Aug. 2023 Most disputes have revolved around air, sea and land control of the eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea, focusing in recent years over energy fields and pipelines, occupation of Aegean islands and responsibility for migrants coming by sea from Africa and the Middle East. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, 12 July 2023 Ties between Turkey and Greece have been strained for years over territorial conflicts in the east Mediterranean, but tensions have escalated in recent months over what Turkey says is a Greek military buildup on Aegean islands close to the Turkish coast. Selcan Hacaoglu,, 6 Oct. 2022 What a change from only eight years ago, when voting in the Aegean country triggered panic in Berlin, Paris and Brussels. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 26 May 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin Aegaeus (borrowed from Greek Aigaîos) + -an entry 2

First Known Use

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aegean was in 1513

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Cite this Entry

“Aegean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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