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[med-i-tuh-rey-nee-uh n] /ˌmɛd ɪ təˈreɪ ni ən/
a person whose physical characteristics are considered typical of the peoples native to or inhabiting the Mediterranean area.
the, Informal. the islands and countries of the Mediterranean Sea collectively.
pertaining to, situated on or near, or dwelling about the Mediterranean Sea.
pertaining to or characteristic of the peoples native to the lands along or near the Mediterranean Sea.
surrounded or nearly surrounded by land.
Origin of Mediterranean
1585-95; < Latin mediterrāne(us) midland, inland (see medium, terra, -an, -eous) + -an
Related forms
non-Mediterranean, noun, adjective
trans-Mediterranean, adjective Unabridged
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  • The first chapters of this story were there written and read, to the accompanying dash of the Mediterranean.

    Agnes of Sorrento Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Before us, stealing up the golden beach, would be the Mediterranean.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • He had been shot down over the Mediterranean Sea and had floated for several days in his life raft near the coast of Italy.

  • He was talking last night of a wedding cruise in her to the Mediterranean.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • He determined, therefore, to equip his fleet for a voyage across the Mediterranean without any delay.

    Pyrrhus Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for Mediterranean


short for the Mediterranean Sea
a native or inhabitant of a Mediterranean country
of, relating to, situated or dwelling on or near the Mediterranean Sea
denoting a postulated subdivision of the Caucasoid race, characterized by slender build and dark complexion
(meteorol) (of a climate) characterized by hot summers and relatively warm winters when most of the annual rainfall occurs
(often not capital) (obsolete) situated in the middle of a landmass; inland
Word Origin
C16: from Latin mediterrāneus, from medius middle + -terrāneus, from terra land, earth
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Word Origin and History for Mediterranean

"the sea between southern Europe and northern Africa," c.1400, from Late Latin Mediterraneum mare "Mediterranean Sea" (7c.), from Latin mediterraneus "midland;" the original sense being of "sea in the middle of the earth," from medius "middle" (see medial (adj.)) + terra "land, earth" (see terrain). The Old English name was Wendel-sæ, so called for the Vandals, Germanic tribe that settled on the southwest coast of it after the fall of Rome. The noun meaning "a person of Mediterranean race" is from 1888.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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