- of or relating to the island of Crete or its inhabitants.
- a native or inhabitant of Crete.
Origin of Cretan
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Examples from the Web for cretan
Of the Cretan laws, I shall leave the defence to my Cnosian friend.
And our Cretan colony should, and probably will, have a character for virtue, such as few cities have.
We were speaking of the syssitia, which will be a natural institution in a Cretan colony.
Some of them too are derived from Crete, and are appropriately transferred to a Cretan colony.
A connexion with Athens is likewise intimated by the Cretan Cleinias.
- of or relating to Crete or its inhabitants
- a native or inhabitant of Crete
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Word Origin and History for cretan
Old English Cretense (plural), from Latin Cretanus (singular); see Crete. They were proverbial in ancient times as liars; cf. Greek kretismos "lying," literally "Cretan behavior."
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