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 1terrace ] : enclosed or nearly enclosed with land
3 : of or relating to a group or physical type of the Caucasian race characterized by medium or short stature, slender build, dolichocephaly, and dark complexion had told her to make the most of her Mediterranean looks— Edna O'Brien

First Known Use of Mediterranean

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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