from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the advanced Bronze Age culture that flourished in Crete from about 3000 to 1100 B.C.
- n. A native or inhabitant of ancient Crete.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or relating to the civilization that developed in Crete from the neolithic period to the Bronze Age (about 3000-1050 BCE).
- adj. Of or relating to the writing systems (Linear A and Linear B) used in Crete and later in mainland Greece.
- adj. Of or relating to the ancient language of the Minoans which died out by the beginning of the 1st millenium BCE.
- n. A Cretan who belonged to the Minoan civilization.
- proper n. the language written in Linear A
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to Minos, the traditional monarch and lawgiver of Crete, and especially to the palace of Minos, a prehistoric edifice on the site of ancient Cnosus, in Crete, the excavation of which was begun by Arthur J. Evans in 1900.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Cretan who lived in the bronze-age culture of Crete about 3000-1100 BC
- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of the Bronze Age culture of Crete
From Latin Mīnōus, of Minos, from Greek Mīnōios, from Mīnōs, Minos.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Sir Arthur Evans, not knowing the Minoan term for 'Minoan' at the time, coined this name in the early 20th century, from Ancient Greek Μίνως (Minos), the mythical king of Crete. The actual name is probably reflected in Egyptian *Káftayu (spelled out in Egyptian only as kftiw) and Biblical Kaphtor. (Wiktionary)