A Greek island in the eastern Mediterranean; population 630,000 (est. 2009); capital, Heraklion. It is noted for the remains of the Minoan civilization which flourished there in the 2nd millennium bc. It fell to Rome in 67 bc and was subsequently ruled by Byzantines, Venetians, and Turks. Crete played an important role in the Greek struggle for independence from the Turks in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, becoming administratively part of an independent Greece in 1913. Greek name Kríti.
Cretan adjective& noun
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- The Cretans nourished him as best they could on their sparse pastoral amenities.
- It was going to be another beautiful Cretan day.
- There is nothing I like more than to enjoy Greek salad with local Cretan wine by the small canal which separates the bay from the rest of the world.
Definition of Crete in:
- The US English dictionary