Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An island of southeast Greece in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Its Minoan civilization, centered at the city of Knossos on the northern coast, was one of the earliest in the world and reached the height of its wealth and power c. 1600 B.C. Crete subsequently fell to the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians, and Ottoman Turks. The islanders proclaimed their union with modern Greece in 1908.
  • Sea ofCrete A section of the southern Aegean Sea between Crete and the Cyclades Islands.

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  • proper n. One of the 13 peripheries of Greece; an island in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • n. A Cretan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Cretan.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In fortification: The crest of the glacis or parapet of the covered way.
  • n. The interior crest of a redoubt. See parapet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the largest Greek island in the Mediterranean; site of the Minoan civilization that reached its peak in 1600 BC

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek Κρήτη (Krētē).

Examples

  • For the topography of Crete, Pashley's _Travels in Crete_ and Spratt's

    The Sea-Kings of Crete

  • CRETE - Crete took advantage of early Lincoln Pius X errors Friday at Simon Field and rolled to a 31-14 win that clinched the District B-4 title and a 12th straight state playoff berth.

    JournalStar.com - News Articles

  • So whilst it is, of course, terrible what happened to a British tourist in Crete, you do have to ask whether it will take THIS kind of treatment to get some British men to keep their shorts on and British women to keep their tops on in bars abroad.

    Flaming Sambuca anyone ?

  • The proposed Chinese container port in Crete, for instance, could create at least 800 jobs.

    Chinese Investment In Greece Spurs Mixed Reaction

  • Researchers followed 926 mother-infant pairs in Crete for one year after birth.

    Why You Forget Birthdays

  • Cambridgeshire; the tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis in Crete; the Emily Dickinson homestead in Amherst.

    An Interview with Gregory Maguire

  • Although he appears to be still living the good life over in Crete, Neal Asher still has a nice little short story up on his blog.

    Sunday Linkage

  • Nevertheless, Paris abducted Helen, along with much treasure belonging to her husband, who just happened to be away in Crete at the time.

    The Books Of Chilam Balam and the Trojan War Of Yucatan

  • Born in Crete in 1861, she was employed as a teacher in a girls 'schools in Russia, and after her marriage to a journalist, relocated to Athens, where her almost single-handed launching of the newspaper made her the country's first female journalist.

    Arms and the Woman: Just Warriors and Greek Feminist Identity

  • When it was revealed that the complaint was malicious (I was in Crete at the time) I was told that I had no recourse as the person had a right to make any complaint he wished even if it was untrue.

    Kelvin Mackenzie says “yes” « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

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