Mediterranean

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

Definition of Mediterranean

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or characteristic of the Mediterranean Sea Mediterranean water a Mediterranean port city Mediterranean islandsb :  of, relating to, or characteristic of the peoples, lands, or cultures bordering the Mediterranean Sea Mediterranean cuisines Mediterranean villas the Mediterranean climate

  2. 2 not capitalized [Latin mediterraneus, from medius middle + terra land — more at terrace] :  enclosed or nearly enclosed with land

  3. 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

15th Century

First Known Use of mediterranean

15th century

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MEDITERRANEAN Defined for English Language Learners

Mediterranean

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

Definition of Mediterranean for English Language Learners

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



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