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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
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  • He is known for his excellent government of a district in Crete.

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
  • The riches which you look at in astonishment I collected while wandering in Egypt and in Crete.

  • "If it is true that you love justice and are going to Crete," &c.

  • "The stranger says that he came from Crete," answered Eumaios.

  • And rugged Carpathus far away welcomed them; and thence they were to cross to Crete, which rises in the sea above other islands.

    The Argonautica Apollonius Rhodius
  • I bought them from a chapman in Crete, and asked nothing of their first master.

    The World's Desire H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
  • As the concert drew near to its close, Luella and her mother began to prepare for a time of reckoning for Aunt Crete.

    Aunt Crete's Emancipation Grace Livingston Hill
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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 American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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