[mahy-si-nee-uh n]


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 formspre-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



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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Word Origin and History for mycenaean


1590s, "pertaining to Mycenae," the ancient city on the Argive plain, from Latin Mycenaeus, from Greek Mykenaios "of Mycenae," from Mykenai. In reference to the Aegean civilization that flourished 1500-1100 B.C.E. and was centered on Mycenae, it is from 1890s.

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