[ mi-noh-uh n, mahy- ]
/ mɪˈnoʊ ən, maɪ- /


of or relating to the ancient civilization of the island of Crete, dating from about 3000 to 1100 b.c.


a native or inhabitant of ancient Crete.

Origin of Minoan

First recorded in 1890–95; Mino(s) + -an
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/ (mɪˈnəʊən) /


denoting the Bronze Age culture of Crete from about 3000 bc to about 1100 bcCompare Mycenaean
of or relating to the linear writing systems used in Crete and later in mainland GreeceSee Linear A, Linear B


a Cretan belonging to the Minoan culture

Word Origin for Minoan

C19: named after Minos, from the excavations at his supposed palace at Knossos
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