Cretan

[ kreet-n ]
/ ˈkrit n /
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adjective

of or relating to the island of Crete or its inhabitants.

noun

a native or inhabitant of Crete.

Origin of Cretan

< Latin Crētānus. See Crete, -an

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British Dictionary definitions for cretan

Cretan

/ (ˈkriːtən) /

adjective

of or relating to Crete or its inhabitants

noun

a native or inhabitant of Crete
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Word Origin and History for cretan

Cretan

n.

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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