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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 bc. Crete subsequently fell to the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians, and Ottoman Turks. The islanders proclaimed their union with modern Greece in 1908.
Cre′tan adj. & n.
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(Placename) of or relating to Crete or its inhabitants
(Placename) a native or inhabitant of Crete
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|Noun||1.||Cretan - a native or inhabitant of Crete|
Crete, Kriti - the largest Greek island in the Mediterranean; site of the Minoan civilization that reached its peak in 1600 BC
European - a native or inhabitant of Europe
Minoan - a Cretan who lived in the bronze-age culture of Crete about 3000-1100 BC
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Cretan[ˈkriːt/ən] adj & n → cretese (m/f)
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