Med·​i·​ter·​ra·​nean | \ ˌme-də-tə-ˈrā-nē-ən How to pronounce Mediterranean (audio) , -nyən \

Definition of Mediterranean

1a : of, relating to, or characteristic of the Mediterranean Sea Mediterranean water a Mediterranean port city Mediterranean islands
b : of, relating to, or characteristic of the peoples, lands, or cultures bordering the Mediterranean Sea Mediterranean cuisines Mediterranean villas the Mediterranean climate
2 mediterranean [Latin mediterraneus, from medius middle + terra land — more at terrace entry 1] : enclosed or nearly enclosed with land It is a sea nearly as mediterranean as that which lies between Africa and Europe.— Waldo Frank
3 : of or relating to a Caucasian (see caucasian sense 2) group or physical type characterized by medium or short stature, slender build, relatively long head, and dark complexion her Mediterranean looks

First Known Use of Mediterranean

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Mediterranean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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Med·​i·​ter·​ra·​nean | \ ˌme-də-tə-ˈrā-nē-ən How to pronounce Mediterranean (audio) , -ˈrān-yən \

Kids Definition of Mediterranean

: of or relating to the Mediterranean Sea or to the lands or peoples surrounding it

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