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[kreet] /krit/
Formerly Candia. a Greek island in the Mediterranean, SE of mainland Greece. 3235 sq. mi. (8380 sq. km).
Capital: Canea.
Sea of, a part of the S Aegean Sea lying between the Cyclades Islands and Crete. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That morning a rumor had reached the village of a famine in the island of Crete.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • They were Europeans, and their earliest home had been in the Isle of Crete.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • The scene of Turkish cruelty was now transferred to the isle of Crete.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Some of them too are derived from Crete, and are appropriately transferred to a Cretan colony.

    Laws Plato
  • To me, dear Cleinias, the truth of what I am saying is as plain as the fact that Crete is an island.

    Laws Plato
  • And in Lacedaemon and Crete not only men but also women have a pride in their high cultivation.

    Protagoras Plato
  • The Turks are offended at something he has done in Crete or Thessaly.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
British Dictionary definitions for Crete


a mountainous island in the E Mediterranean, the largest island of Greece: of archaeological importance for the ruins of Minoan civilization. Pop: 601 131 (2001). Area: 8331 sq km (3216 sq miles) Modern Greek name Kríti
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Word Origin and History for Crete

traditionally said to be from Krus, name of a mythological ancestor; probably an ethnic name of some sort.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Crete in Culture

Crete definition

Island in southeastern Greece in the Mediterranean Sea.

Note: Crete is the largest of the Greek islands.
Note: One of the world's earliest civilizations, the Minoan civilization, reached its peak in Crete in 1600 b.c.
Note: In Greek mythology, Crete was Minos's kingdom, where the Minotaur lived at the center of the Labyrinth.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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