Definition of Mediterranean in English:



  • 1Of or characteristic of the Mediterranean Sea, the countries bordering it, or their inhabitants.

    ‘a leisurely Mediterranean cruise’
    ‘our temperatures are Mediterranean’
    • ‘The classically shaped knobs reinforce the house's Mediterranean character.’
    • ‘The Mediterranean influence on the place can be felt by the cuisine that is served in its lavishly decorated restaurants.’
    • ‘This weekend, somewhere on the Mediterranean coast, a short, grey Frenchman sits hunched over a notepad, restlessly jotting memories.’
    • ‘Char-grilled vegetables are typical of Mediterranean cooking - a simple mix of vegetables, thrown on to the barbecue for added flavour.’
    • ‘While fossils of this species do not occur in Europe, archaeological finds suggest that it periodically inhabited the Mediterranean region.’
    • ‘Celebrating their wedding anniversary in style, Frank and Doreen plan to go on a Mediterranean cruise.’
    • ‘Today, olives are commercially produced throughout the Mediterranean area, particularly in Greece and Spain.’
    • ‘Once inside, the Mediterranean exterior is reinforced by colourful paintwork and sumptuous soft furnishings.’
    • ‘Both gigs start at 7.30 pm and Mediterranean food will be available.’
    • ‘Dozens of British holidaymakers have been taken ill at a popular Mediterranean hotel where the swimming pool has now been closed, it was announced yesterday.’
    • ‘By signing up, you'll automatically enter our sweepstakes to win a Mediterranean cruise.’
    • ‘Three years after the war ended I happened to be in the south of France, enjoying a few days on the sunny Mediterranean coast.’
    • ‘Sue recycles glass, which other artists discard, and her work has a Mediterranean feel in terms of her colour palette and subject matter.’
    • ‘The Mediterranean cruise season is April to November when the weather is generally sunny and mild.’
    • ‘The vine and the olive are the plants that characterize Mediterranean civilization.’
    • ‘The majority of settlers are concentrated in two main blocs along the northern border and southern Mediterranean coast.’
    • ‘The country has a 1200 km Mediterranean coastline and borders on six countries to the west, east, and south.’
    • ‘Once again, much of the focus is on securing porous borders, namely, the Mediterranean coastline.’
    • ‘A woman has spoken of how she escaped the stomach bug which plagued a Mediterranean cruise.’
    • ‘There are many different packages available for Mediterranean cruises, so be sure to shop around to find the one that suits you best.’
    1. 1.1(of a person's complexion) relatively dark, as is common in some Mediterranean countries.
      • ‘He was of Mediterranean appearance or had tanned skin.’
      • ‘The suspect is described as being in his mid 30s, of Mediterranean appearance, with short dark hair, dark brown eyes and with facial stubble.’
      • ‘These worked well, colouring our subject's lily white skin with a light Mediterranean tan while leaving all the other colours in the shot true.’


  • 1The Mediterranean Sea or the countries bordering it.

  • 2A native of a country bordering on the Mediterranean.

    • ‘The Mediterraneans tend to be more feisty and flighty.’
    • ‘South Pacific Islanders have their virgin coconut oil, Mediterraneans their olive oil and Native Americans their mineral springs and mud baths.’
    • ‘The theory bolstered the split between old and new immigrants, complicating it only slightly: the old immigrants were primarily comprised of Nordics while the new immigrants were dominated by Alpines and Mediterraneans.’
    • ‘Greeks, Italians, and other Mediterraneans cook their vegetables in olive oil or drizzle it over salads to enhance their flavor.’
    • ‘Africans, Asians and Latin Americans now roam the streets alongside Mediterraneans, other Europeans, native Australians and the many-generationed Anglo-Australians.’
    • ‘I sat in the back looking out at the mayhem and wished, once again, that we drove like the Mediterraneans.’
    • ‘For Mediterraneans, the law is a strong suggestion, something that one should usually obey, but that can be ignored or shortcircuited if to do so makes sense or is particularly advantageous.’
    • ‘It would be like imagining that ancient Mediterraneans thought and behaved like middle class Americans.’
    • ‘Coded onto female faces and bodies were the Frenchness of fashionability, the Englishness of hygiene, and the sensuousness of Orientals and Mediterraneans.’


Mid 16th century: from Latin mediterraneus inland (from medius middle + terra land) + -an.