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.


  1. Mediterranean

    The Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by the Mediterranean Basin and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Southern Europe and Anatolia, on the south by North Africa, and on the east by the Levant. The Mediterranean has played a central role in the history of Western civilization. Geological evidence indicates that around 5.9 million years ago, the Mediterranean was cut off from the Atlantic and was partly or completely desiccated over a period of some 600,000 years during the Messinian salinity crisis before being refilled by the Zanclean flood about 5.3 million years ago. The Mediterranean Sea covers an area of about 2,500,000 km2 (970,000 sq mi), representing 0.7% of the global ocean surface, but its connection to the Atlantic via the Strait of Gibraltar—the narrow strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and separates the Iberian Peninsula in Europe from Morocco in Africa—is only 14 km (9 mi) wide. The Mediterranean Sea encompasses a vast number of islands, some of them of volcanic origin. The two largest islands, in both area and population, are Sicily and Sardinia. The Mediterranean Sea has an average depth of 1,500 m (4,900 ft) and the deepest recorded point is 5,109 m (16,762 ft) ±1 m (3 ft) in the Calypso Deep in the Ionian Sea. It lies between latitudes 30° and 46° N and longitudes 6° W and 36° E. Its west–east length, from the Strait of Gibraltar to the Gulf of Alexandretta, on the southeastern coast of Turkey, is about 4,000 kilometres (2,500 mi). The north–south length varies greatly between different shorelines and whether only straight routes are considered. Also including longitudal changes, the shortest shipping route between the multinational Gulf of Trieste and the Libyan coastline of Gulf of Sidra is about 1,900 kilometres (1,200 mi). The water temperatures are mild in winter and warm in summer and give name to the mediterranean climate type due to the majority of precipitation falling in the cooler months. Its southern and eastern coastlines are lined with hot deserts not far inland, but the immediate coastline on all sides of the Mediterranean tends to have strong maritime moderation. The sea was an important route for merchants and travelers of ancient times, facilitating trade and cultural exchange between peoples of the region. The history of the Mediterranean region is crucial to understanding the origins and development of many modern societies. The Roman Empire maintained nautical hegemony over the sea for centuries. The countries surrounding the Mediterranean in clockwise order are Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco; Malta and Cyprus are island countries in the sea. In addition, the disputed territory of North Cyprus, and some exclaves, notably Gibraltar and Ceuta, have coastlines on the sea. Alexandria is the largest coastal settlement. The drainage basin encompasses a large number of other countries, the Nile being the longest river ending in the Mediterranean Sea.


  1. mediterranean

    The term "Mediterranean" usually refers to anything related to the Mediterranean Sea, the region around it or its climate. This could involve countries bordering the Mediterranean, the unique cultural aspects of these places, or the mild, typically warm and dry climate common to regions around the Mediterranean Sea. The term originates from Latin "Mediterraneus", meaning "in the middle of the land".

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. Richard Isaacson:

    While exercise and staying mentally engaged shined through in this study, a comprehensive approach toward reducing Alzheimer's risk factors is the best recipe for success, any prevention plan should also include regular follow-up with a primary care physician, management of vascular risk factors like blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol, avoiding smoking, minimizing alcohol use, prioritizing sleep, managing stress, and following a Mediterranean-style diet, among many other suggestions.

  2. Simon Mays:

    Being indoors away from sunshine was probably a key factor, infant care practices that were innocuous in a Mediterranean climate may have been enough to tip babies into vitamin D deficiency under cloudy northern skies.

  3. Matteo Renzi:

    First of all there is the question of European Union relations with Russia in the context of the Ukraine crisis, 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.

  4. Sami Al-Faraj:

    The GCC understands that a new Syrian entity carved out under Assad means preserving Iranian interests, which is to have a front in the Mediterranean, the Iranians have chosen the right great power to be with - the Russians.

  5. Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA via AP:

    The Mediterranean is not only about Italy, Greece or Spain. But France too. And ithas to do itspart.

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