Crete

[kreet]
noun
  1. Formerly Candia. a Greek island in the Mediterranean, SE of mainland Greece. 3235 sq. mi. (8380 sq. km). Capital: Canea.
  2. Sea of, a part of the S Aegean Sea lying between the Cyclades Islands and Crete.
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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


British Dictionary definitions for crete

Crete

noun
  1. 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

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

crete in Culture

Crete

Island in southeastern Greece in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Crete is the largest of the Greek islands.

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One of the world's earliest civilizations, the Minoan civilization, reached its peak in Crete in 1600 b.c.

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In Greek mythology, Crete was Minos's kingdom, where the Minotaur lived at the center of the Labyrinth.
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