[ mahy-si-nee-uh n ]
/ ˌmaɪ sɪˈni ən /


of or relating to the ancient city of Mycenae.
denoting or pertaining to the ancient civilization at Mycenae, dating from c2000 to c1100 b.c.


Also called Mycenaean Greek. the earliest recorded Greek dialect, written in the Linear B syllabary and dating from the 15th through the 13th centuries b.c.

Origin of Mycenaean

First recorded in 1590–1600; Mycenae + -an

Related forms

pre-My·ce·nae·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mycenaean


/ (ˌmaɪsɪˈniːən) /


of or relating to ancient Mycenae or its inhabitants
of or relating to the Aegean civilization of Mycenae (1400 to 1100 bc)
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