One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of or characteristic of the Mediterranean Sea, the countries bordering it, or their inhabitants.‘a leisurely Mediterranean cruise’‘our temperatures are Mediterranean’
- ‘Today, olives are commercially produced throughout the Mediterranean area, particularly in Greece and Spain.’
- ‘The Mediterranean cruise season is April to November when the weather is generally sunny and mild.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The country has a 1200 km Mediterranean coastline and borders on six countries to the west, east, and south.’
- ‘Celebrating their wedding anniversary in style, Frank and Doreen plan to go on a Mediterranean cruise.’
- ‘The classically shaped knobs reinforce the house's Mediterranean character.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Mediterranean influence on the place can be felt by the cuisine that is served in its lavishly decorated restaurants.’
- ‘Sue recycles glass, which other artists discard, and her work has a Mediterranean feel in terms of her colour palette and subject matter.’
- ‘The majority of settlers are concentrated in two main blocs along the northern border and southern Mediterranean coast.’
- ‘This weekend, somewhere on the Mediterranean coast, a short, grey Frenchman sits hunched over a notepad, restlessly jotting memories.’
- ‘By signing up, you'll automatically enter our sweepstakes to win a Mediterranean cruise.’
- ‘The vine and the olive are the plants that characterize Mediterranean civilization.’
- ‘There are many different packages available for Mediterranean cruises, so be sure to shop around to find the one that suits you best.’
- ‘Once again, much of the focus is on securing porous borders, namely, the Mediterranean coastline.’
- ‘Three years after the war ended I happened to be in the south of France, enjoying a few days on the sunny Mediterranean coast.’
- ‘Both gigs start at 7.30 pm and Mediterranean food will be available.’
- ‘A woman has spoken of how she escaped the stomach bug which plagued a Mediterranean cruise.’
- ‘Once inside, the Mediterranean exterior is reinforced by colourful paintwork and sumptuous soft furnishings.’
- 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The suspect is described as being in his mid 30s, of Mediterranean appearance, with short dark hair, dark brown eyes and with facial stubble.’
1The Mediterranean Sea or the countries bordering it.
2A native of a country bordering on the Mediterranean.
- ‘Africans, Asians and Latin Americans now roam the streets alongside Mediterraneans, other Europeans, native Australians and the many-generationed Anglo-Australians.’
- ‘It would be like imagining that ancient Mediterraneans thought and behaved like middle class Americans.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘South Pacific Islanders have their virgin coconut oil, Mediterraneans their olive oil and Native Americans their mineral springs and mud baths.’
- ‘The Mediterraneans tend to be more feisty and flighty.’
- ‘I sat in the back looking out at the mayhem and wished, once again, that we drove like the Mediterraneans.’
- ‘Coded onto female faces and bodies were the Frenchness of fashionability, the Englishness of hygiene, and the sensuousness of Orientals and Mediterraneans.’
- ‘Greeks, Italians, and other Mediterraneans cook their vegetables in olive oil or drizzle it over salads to enhance their flavor.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin mediterraneus ‘inland’ (from medius ‘middle’ + terra ‘land’) + -an.
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