Definition of Crete

1. Noun. The largest Greek island in the Mediterranean; site of the Minoan civilization that reached its peak in 1600 BC.

Exact synonyms: Kriti
Terms within: Labyrinth Of Minos
Group relationships: Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic, Mediterranean, Mediterranean Sea
Generic synonyms: Island
Member holonyms: Cretan

Definition of Crete

1. n. A Cretan

Definition of Crete

1. Proper noun. One of the 13 peripheries of Greece; an island in the Mediterranean Sea. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Crete

Crenosoma vulpis
Crescentia cujete
Cretaceous period
Creutzfeld Jacob disease
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
Crex crex
Cricetus cricetus
Crichton-Browne's sign

Literary usage of Crete

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Historical Geography of Europe by Edward Augustus Freeman (1903)
"The great islands of the Eastern Mediterranean also crete, 828. „ . . , . .. — •— fluctuated between Byzantine and Saracen dominion. ix»8 of crete was won ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1902)
"of crete, and extirpated the nest of pirates who had so long defied, with impunity, ... [The best account of the recovery of crete will be found in ..."

3. A History of Greece to the Death of Alexander the Great by John Bagnell Bury (1913)
"It is only recently that we have become aware of this " Aegean " civilisation, as it is called, which had grown steadily in crete and in Melos and other ..."

4. The Historians' History of the World: A Comprehensive Narrative of the Rise by Henry Smith Williams (1904)
"Antiquity believed that crete, even from the most ancient period, ... A few generations later, crete sent a fleet of eighty vessels against Priam, ..."

5. The English Historical Review by Mandell Creighton, Justin Winsor, Samuel Rawson Gardiner, Reginald Lane Poole, John Goronwy Edwards (1913)
"The Arab Occupation of crete ri^HE period of the ... of the eastern empire ; and in this period not the least obscure event is the Arab conquest of crete. ..."

6. Bulletin of the New York Public Library by New York Public Library (1910)
"Further correspondence respecting the affairs of crete. ... Report by Her Majesty's Commissioner in crete on the provisional British administration of the ..."

7. Herodotus by Herodotus (1830)
"Minos expelled from crete the ... under the direction of Jupiter, for his subjects of crete, and, ... retired into crete, and transcribed its laws. ..."

8. Green Light!: Men of the 81st Troop Carrier Squadron Tell Their Story by Martin Wolfe (1989)
"The Germans conquer crete The world's first major airborne assault—in Operation MERK.UR, Hitler's conquest of crete—had a mighty impact on the way military ..."

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