Definition of Mediterranean in English:


Syllabification: Med·i·ter·ra·ne·an
Pronunciation: /ˌmedətəˈrānēən


  • 1Of or characteristic of the Mediterranean Sea, the countries bordering it, or their inhabitants: a leisurely Mediterranean cruise our temperatures are Mediterranean
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    • The country has a 1200 km Mediterranean coastline and borders on six countries to the west, east, and south.
    • The majority of settlers are concentrated in two main blocs along the northern border and southern Mediterranean coast.
    • There are many different packages available for Mediterranean cruises, so be sure to shop around to find the one that suits you best.
  • 1.1(Of a person’s complexion) relatively dark, as is common in some Mediterranean countries.
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    • These worked well, colouring our subject's lily white skin with a light Mediterranean tan while leaving all the other colours in the shot true.
    • He was of Mediterranean appearance or had tanned skin.
    • The suspect is described as being in his mid 30s, of Mediterranean appearance, with short dark hair, dark brown eyes and with facial stubble.


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  • 1The Mediterranean Sea or the countries bordering it.
  • 2A native of a country bordering on the Mediterranean.
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    • Africans, Asians and Latin Americans now roam the streets alongside Mediterraneans, other Europeans, native Australians and the many-generationed Anglo-Australians.
    • Greeks, Italians, and other Mediterraneans cook their vegetables in olive oil or drizzle it over salads to enhance their flavor.
    • It would be like imagining that ancient Mediterraneans thought and behaved like middle class Americans.


mid 16th century: from Latin mediterraneus 'inland' (from medius 'middle' + terra 'land') + -an.

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