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Minoan Line breaks: Min¦oan
Pronunciation: /mɪˈnəʊən/

Definition of Minoan in English:


Relating to or denoting a Bronze Age civilization centred on Crete (circa 3000–1050 bc), its people, or its language.
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  • In the same year he proposed the idea that the collapse of Minoan civilization in the Aegean was caused by the eruption of Thera in c. 1500 bc.
  • Divided into two periods by a devastating earthquake that occurred c. 1700 BC, the Minoan civilization was noted particularly for its Linear A script and distinctive palatial art and architecture.
  • The discovery early in the twentieth century of the Minoan civilization at Knossos in Crete revealed the sudden demise of an early Greek settlement of a highly civilized people.


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1An inhabitant of Minoan Crete or member of the Minoan people.
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  • The Minoans of Crete have long been a popular choice, though there are plenty of other suggestions, one of which, Troy, has been given fresh support by Zangger.
  • With an estimated population of 250,000 people (40,000 in Knossos alone), the Minoans traded with the people of the Fertile Crescent.
  • It greatly influenced the later Mycenacans, whose presence in Crete is attested from the 16th century BC and who succeeded the Minoans in control of the Aegean c. 1400 BC.
2 [mass noun] The language or scripts associated with the Minoans.
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  • Maman taught her not only the Latin and French that were the basis of her education, but Sanskrit and ancient Iberian, Aramaic and Minoan - whatever they came across in their readings.
  • This indicated that the language represented by Linear B was an ancient form of Greek, but he wasn't prepared to accept this, being convinced that Linear B was used to write Minoan.


Named after the legendary Cretan king Minos, to whom a palace excavated at Knossos was attributed.

Words that rhyme with Minoan

anthozoan, bryozoan, Goan, hydrozoan, protozoan, protozoon, rowan, Samoan, spermatozoon

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