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[kreet-n] /ˈkrit n/
of or relating to the island of Crete or its inhabitants.
a native or inhabitant of Crete.
Origin of Cretan
< Latin Crētānus. See Crete, -an Unabridged
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  • The Cretan exploit was perhaps the most romantic of the long series of heroic acts attributed to Theseus.

    Mazes and Labyrinths W. H. Matthews
  • We were speaking of the syssitia, which will be a natural institution in a Cretan colony.

    Laws Plato
  • My red Cretan rug, firmly strapped to the shoulders of Hamlet's mother, made a real court train.

    The Red Rugs of Tarsus Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • And our Cretan colony should, and probably will, have a character for virtue, such as few cities have.

    Laws Plato
  • Few events in our age have caused a more painful sensation than the bombardment of Cretan villages by British and French warships.

  • Of the Cretan laws, I shall leave the defence to my Cnosian friend.

    Laws Plato
  • Capture of the Cretan bull subsequently slain by Theseus at Marathon.

  • Fig. 70 is taken from a Cretan embroidery, in which this stitch is mainly used.

  • He says he is a Cretan, and that he has been a great traveller.

    The Odyssey Homer
  • One is an Athenian, one a Cretan, the third a Lacedæmonian, and all are elderly.

    From a Cornish Window Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for Cretan


of or relating to Crete or its inhabitants
a native or inhabitant of Crete
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Word Origin and History for Cretan

Old English Cretense (plural), from Latin Cretanus (singular); see Crete. They were proverbial in ancient times as liars; cf. Greek kretismos "lying," literally "Cretan behavior."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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