Mediterranean

adjective
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 not capitalized [Latin mediterraneus, from medius middle + terra land — more at terrace entry 1] : enclosed or nearly enclosed with land
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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The first known use of Mediterranean was in 1594

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“Mediterranean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mediterranean. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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Mediterranean

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of Mediterranean

: of or relating to the Mediterranean Sea or to the lands that surround it

Mediterranean

adjective
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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