What does Mediterranean mean?

Definitions for Mediterranean
ˌmɛd ɪ təˈreɪ ni ənMediter·ranean

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Mediterranean, Mediterranean Seaadjective

    the largest inland sea; between Europe and Africa and Asia

  2. Mediterraneanadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of or located near the Mediterranean Sea

    "Mediterranean countries"


  1. Mediterraneanadjective

    Of, pertaining to, or located in the Mediterranean Sea or on the adjacent lands; as, Mediterranean trade; a Mediterranean voyage; a Mediterranean plant.


  1. Mediterraneanadjective

    Of or pertaining to the Mediterranean Sea and the region around it.

  2. Mediterraneannoun

    The Mediterranean Sea.

  3. Mediterraneannoun

    The region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.

  4. Etymology: From Mediterraneanus, from medius, + terra + -anus (adjectival suffix) + -eanus (adjectival suffix)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mediterrane, Mediterranean, Mediterraneousadjective

    Etymology: medius and terra; mediterranée, Fr.

    In all that part that lieth on the north side of the mediterrane sea, it is thought not to be the vulgar tongue. Edward Brerewood.

    It is found in mountains and mediterraneous parts; and so it is a fat and unctuous sublimation of the earth. Brown.

    We have taken a less height of the mountains than is requisite, if we respect the mediterraneous mountains, or those that are at a great distance from the sea. Burnet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mediterraneanadjective

    inclosed, or nearly inclosed, with land; as, the Mediterranean Sea, between Europe and Africa

  2. Mediterraneanadjective

    inland; remote from the ocean

  3. Mediterraneanadjective

    of or pertaining to the Mediterranean Sea; as, Mediterranean trade; a Mediterranean voyage

  4. Etymology: [L. mediterraneus; medius middle + terra land. See Mid, and Terrace.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mediterranean

    med-i-tėr-rā′ne-an, adj. situated in the middle of earth or land: inland—also Mediterrā′neous.—Mediterranean Sea, so called from being, as it were, in the middle of the land of the Old World. [L., medius, middle, terra, earth.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mediterranean in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mediterranean in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Mediterranean in a Sentence

  1. The Vatican:

    It's very clear that the pope recognizes that there is a significant emergency going on, just as he went to Lampedusa, which was then the front line of the Mediterranean route, now that there is this difficult, dramatic situation on the Aegean front, he naturally wants to be present to show a sense of solidarity and responsibility.

  2. Matteo Renzi:

    But there are also questions about relations in the Mediterranean Sea region, the very grave situation in Libya, which I would like to discuss with you.

  3. Michael Tanchum:

    Both France and its close partner the United Arab Emirates compete with Turkey for influence throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The Eastern Mediterranean is where France and the UAE can pressure Turkey in a region that Turkey views as vital for its national interests. This has put Turkey back on its heels and Ankara has responded by doubling down with repeated rounds of escalation.

  4. Andrew Smyth:

    We were interested in looking at this particular group who have a high risk for cardiovascular disease because they are also going to have a high risk of cognitive decline, previous research has suggested that a Mediterranean diet -- rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and healthy fats -- is associated with reduced risk of cognitive impairment. We've also seen preliminary research suggesting that eating vitamin C and folate-rich vegetables like spinach and broccoli may slow cognitive decline. Other research has suggested that blueberries may boost memory, and that a high intake of saturated and trans fats can have negative effects. So it's no surprise that to me that the healthiest eaters in this study fared the best in terms of their cognitive health.

  5. Goran Amnegard:

    There is this myth about the cold weather here, the moose and the polar bears, we have had more or less Mediterranean summers.

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