Definition of Aegean in English:



  • Relating to the region comprising the Aegean Sea and its coasts and islands.

    • ‘Grieving their lost companions, Ulysses and his men at long last reached a peaceful Aegean island.’
    • ‘Why does no one appear to be very tanned, given that they live in the sun-baked Aegean region?’
    • ‘We walk from one to the next on goat trails beneath a gleamy Aegean sky.’
    • ‘It's evening in Kargi Koyu, a speck of a village on the Aegean coast.’
    • ‘By the beginning of the late Minoan period Crete controlled the southern Aegean and the islands therein.’
    • ‘The Aegean becomes the Mediterranean, once the portal to new worlds.’
    • ‘Because most of the Aegean region is under water any regional correlations are necessarily speculative.’
    • ‘In the Aegean region, especially, a revolution in tractor usage took place.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, in the skies above an Aegean island, terrible danger grows.’
    • ‘The Irish division landed in August 1915 at Suvla Bay on the Aegean coast, in western Gallipoli.’
    • ‘Yesterday's EU test followed the discovery on Monday of bird flu on a Greek Aegean island.’
    • ‘The Aegean region is packed with out-of-the-way places to bike, climb, raft, trek, windsurf, and sea kayak.’
    • ‘Posidippus worked in the Aegean region from about 280 to 240 B.C.’
    • ‘Fierce storms in the Aegean can strike unexpectedly.’
    • ‘The Aegean region also has a Mediterranean climate.’
    • ‘Most islands within the Aegean are traditionally consider to be ‘Greek’.’
    • ‘The Athenian wit Stratonicus was with some friends in Maroneia, a small city on the northern coast of the Aegean.’
    • ‘He lies not in ‘some corner of a foreign field’, but on the crest of the Aegean island of Scyros.’
    • ‘Nightlife is non-existent, but it's a great spot to relax, and absorb equal amounts of Greek sunlight and fresh Aegean air.’
    • ‘Agamemnon only hides behind that pretext, however, as his real aim is to extend control over the Aegean region.’


  • The Aegean Sea or its region.

    • ‘An extensive Bronze Age settlement on the northern coast of the Cycladic island of Melos in the southern Aegean, Greece.’
    • ‘In 490 a Persian expeditionary force sailed across the Aegean.’
    • ‘Crete is an island at the south end of the Aegean.’
    • ‘Fauna such as anemones, gorgonia and lace corals thrive in the caverns and tunnels of the Turkish Aegean and Mediterranean.’
    • ‘In any scenario, the resulting disappearance of one of the Aegean's great city-states is beyond dispute.’
    • ‘In 490 he sent a fleet across the Aegean to Marathon.’
    • ‘Turkey and Greece are continuing contacts to find resolutions to their issues over the Aegean.’
    • ‘With more the 300 days of sunshine Rhodes is the pearl of the Aegean.’
    • ‘The view of the Aegean from the Hora is breath taking.’
    • ‘The whitewashed buildings of the main town are perched on the crater rim, thousands of feet above the Aegean.’
    • ‘Some had crossed the Aegean to the eastern lowlands of Greece; others went to Crete and southern Italy.’
    • ‘The US 6th Fleet will be in the Aegean, patrolling the seas.’
    • ‘Diplomatic and military experts from both sides of the Aegean hold regular talks.’
    • ‘This was an "all-inclusive" stay at one of 10 beach resorts which operate in the Mediterranean and Aegean under the Mark Warner banner.’
    • ‘On September 23 1942 he took off from an airfield near Alexandria on a solo reconnaissance over the Aegean.’
    • ‘Each open-plan studio has its own large terrace, where you can enjoy lengthy sunsets across the Aegean.’
    • ‘Recently, a displacement of > = 100 km was proposed for the Cretan detachment in the Aegean.’
    • ‘The League was successful in its immediate aim of driving the Persians from the northern Aegean.’
    • ‘In ancient Greece much of the economy relied on slaves and the sacred island of Delos served as the main slave market of the Aegean.’
    • ‘Julie Summers sings the praises of the scenic diving to be enjoyed off the rocky shores of Fethiye, in the Turkish Aegean.’


Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek Aigaios + -ean.