Mediterranean meaning

mĕdĭ-tə-rānē-ən, -rānyən
Surrounded nearly or completely by dry land. Used of large bodies of water, such as lakes or seas.
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Designating or of a physical type of the Caucasoid peoples exemplified by the long-headed, short, olive-skinned people living around the Mediterranean Sea.
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A Mediterranean person.
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The region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Several important ancient civilizations flourished in the region, which was dominated for centuries by Phoenicia, Carthage, Greece, Rome, and the Byzantine, Arab, and Ottoman empires.
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Of the Mediterranean Sea or nearby regions.
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Designating or of a style of furniture made, as through the use of plastic moldings, to simulate the heavy wood, massive lines, and ornate carving of a kind of Renaissance furniture.
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Mediterranean is defined as the Mediterranean Sea or a native of a country bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

The largest inland sea, located between Europe, Asia and Africa, is an example of the Mediterranean.

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The definition of Mediterranean is something related to or characteristic of the Mediterranean Sea, the countries bordering the sea or its inhabitants.

Food that comes from a country bordering the Mediterranean Sea is an example of something that would be described as mediterranean.

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Origin of mediterranean

  • Latin mediterrāneus inland medius middle medhyo- in Indo-European roots terra land ters- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition