Minoan
I. adjective Etymology: Latin minous of Minos, from Greek minōios, from Minōs Minos Date: 1894 of or relating to a Bronze Age culture of Crete that flourished about 3000 B.C.-1100 B.C. II. noun Date: 1902 a native or inhabitant of ancient Crete

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  • Minoan — may refer to the following: The Minoan civilization The (undeciphered) Eteocretan language The script known as Linear A Minoan pottery Minoa, name of several bronze age settlements in the Aegean. An old name for the Mycenean language before it… …   Wikipedia

  • Minoan — (adj.) 1894, from Minos, famous king of Crete; applied by British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans to the civilization that flourished there c.3000 1400 B.C.E …   Etymology dictionary

  • Minoan — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to a Bronze Age civilization centred on Crete (c.3000 1050 BC). ORIGIN named after the legendary Cretan king Minos, to whom a palace excavated at Knossos was attributed …   English terms dictionary

  • Minoan — [mi nō′ən, mīnō ən] adj. [< MINOS + AN] designating or of a Bronze Age culture that flourished in Crete from c. 3000 c. 1100 B.C …   English World dictionary

  • Minoan — /mi noh euhn, muy /, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the ancient civilization of the island of Crete, dating from about 3000 to 1100 B.C. n. 2. a native or inhabitant of ancient Crete. [1890 95; MINO(S) + AN] * * * Any member of a non Indo European… …   Universalium

  • Minoan — adj. & n. Archaeol. adj. of or relating to the Bronze Age civilization centred on Crete (c.3000 1100 BC). n. 1 an inhabitant of Minoan Crete or the Minoan world. 2 the language or scripts associated with the Minoans. Etymology: named after the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Minoan — 1. adjective a) Of or relating to the civilization that developed in Crete from the neolithic period to the Bronze Age (about 3000 1050 ). b) Of or relating to the writing systems (Linear A and Linear B) used in Crete and later in mainland Greece …   Wiktionary

  • minoan — mɪ nəʊən adj. belonging to the ancient Minoan culture on the island of Crete (3000 1100 BC); from ancient Crete …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Minoan — [mɪ nəʊən] adjective relating to or denoting a Bronze Age civilization centred on Crete (c.3000–1050 BC). noun 1》 an inhabitant of Minoan Crete. 2》 the language or scripts associated with the Minoans. Origin named after the legendary Cretan king… …   English new terms dictionary

  • Minoan — Mi•no•an [[t]mɪˈnoʊ ən, maɪ [/t]] adj. 1) ara of or designating the Bronze Age civilization of Crete, c2400–l400 b.c. 2) ara anh peo a native or inhabitant of Crete during the Minoan period • Etymology: 1890–95; Mino (s) + an I …   From formal English to slang

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