Mediterranean

adjective Med·i·ter·ra·nean \ ˌme-də-tə-ˈrā-nē-ən , -nyən \

Definition of Mediterranean

1 a : 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 Defined for English Language Learners

Mediterranean

Definition of Mediterranean for English Language Learners

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


MEDITERRANEAN Defined for Kids

Mediterranean

adjective Med·i·ter·ra·nean \ ˌme-də-tə-ˈrā-nē-ən , -ˈrān-yən \

Definition of Mediterranean for Students

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


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