My·​ce·​nae·​an ˌmī-sə-ˈnē-ən How to pronounce Mycenaean (audio)
variants or less commonly Mycenian
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Mycenae, its people, or the period (1400 to 1100 b.c.) of Mycenae's political ascendancy
: characteristic of the Bronze Age Mycenaean culture of the eastern Mediterranean area
Mycenaean noun

Examples of Mycenaean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cave at its far end was a site of Mycenaean goddess worship, and relics recovered from it include a set of bronze tripods which fit Homer’s description of gifts that Odysseus received from the Phaeacians. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Mycenaean was in 1598

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“Mycenaean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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