from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- The region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Several important ancient civilizations flourished in the region, which was dominated for millennia by Phoenicia, Carthage, Greece, Sicily, and Rome.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Mediterranean Sea and the region around it.
- proper n. The Mediterranean Sea.
- proper n. The region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.
From Latin Mediterraneanus, from medius ("middle"), + terra ("earth, land") + -anus (adjectival suffix) + -eanus (adjectival suffix) (Wiktionary)