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Mi·​no·​an mə-ˈnō-ən How to pronounce Minoan (audio)
: of or relating to a Bronze Age culture of Crete that flourished about 3000 b.c.–1100 b.c.


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: a native or inhabitant of ancient Crete

Examples of Minoan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Crete Heraklion Archeological Museum Recently opened after an extensive renovation, this is the only museum in the world displaying Minoan art. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 A number of luxurious items have been recovered from Minoan civilization, which lasted from about 3000 B.C.E. to 1100 B.C.E. The island had particularly adept artisans, making beautiful frescos and pottery. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 22 Dec. 2023 Cisterns, terracotta pottery, and frescoes allow a small peek into Minoan living. Chadner Navarro, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Aug. 2023 Based on the shape of the scripts, Davis feels there’s more to deduce about Minoan language. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 5 June 2021 Note: the mysterious rock carvings at the end of the beach are a modern creation and definitely not ancient Minoan relics. Joe Yogerst, CNN, 29 May 2023

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Word History



Latin minous of Minos, from Greek minōios, from Minōs Minos

First Known Use


1830, in the meaning defined above


1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Minoan was in 1830

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“Minoan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Minoan. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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