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’
- ‘Three years after the war ended I happened to be in the south of France, enjoying a few days on the sunny Mediterranean coast.’
- ‘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 classically shaped knobs reinforce the house's Mediterranean character.’
- ‘By signing up, you'll automatically enter our sweepstakes to win a Mediterranean cruise.’
- ‘Celebrating their wedding anniversary in style, Frank and Doreen plan to go on a Mediterranean cruise.’
- ‘A woman has spoken of how she escaped the stomach bug which plagued a Mediterranean cruise.’
- ‘The country has a 1200 km Mediterranean coastline and borders on six countries to the west, east, and south.’
- ‘This weekend, somewhere on the Mediterranean coast, a short, grey Frenchman sits hunched over a notepad, restlessly jotting memories.’
- ‘The majority of settlers are concentrated in two main blocs along the northern border and southern Mediterranean coast.’
- ‘Char-grilled vegetables are typical of Mediterranean cooking - a simple mix of vegetables, thrown on to the barbecue for added flavour.’
- ‘The Mediterranean influence on the place can be felt by the cuisine that is served in its lavishly decorated restaurants.’
- ‘Both gigs start at 7.30 pm and Mediterranean food will be available.’
- ‘While fossils of this species do not occur in Europe, archaeological finds suggest that it periodically inhabited the Mediterranean region.’
- ‘There are many different packages available for Mediterranean cruises, so be sure to shop around to find the one that suits you best.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Once again, much of the focus is on securing porous borders, namely, the Mediterranean coastline.’
- ‘The vine and the olive are the plants that characterize Mediterranean civilization.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 (of a person's complexion) relatively dark, as is common in some Mediterranean countries.
- ‘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.’
- ‘He was of Mediterranean appearance or had tanned skin.’
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.’
- ‘I sat in the back looking out at the mayhem and wished, once again, that we drove like the Mediterraneans.’
- ‘Greeks, Italians, and other Mediterraneans cook their vegetables in olive oil or drizzle it over salads to enhance their flavor.’
- ‘Coded onto female faces and bodies were the Frenchness of fashionability, the Englishness of hygiene, and the sensuousness of Orientals and Mediterraneans.’
- ‘South Pacific Islanders have their virgin coconut oil, Mediterraneans their olive oil and Native Americans their mineral springs and mud baths.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Mediterraneans tend to be more feisty and flighty.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin mediterraneus ‘inland’ (from medius ‘middle’ + terra ‘land’) + -an.
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