Meaning of “Mediterranean” in the English Dictionary

"Mediterranean" in British English

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uk /ˌmed.ɪ.tərˈeɪ.ni.ən/ us /ˌmed.ə.tərˈeɪ.ni.ən/
the Mediterranean

also the Mediterranean Sea, informal the Med the sea surrounded by southern Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia

the countries next to the Mediterranean Sea


uk /ˌmed.ɪ.tərˈeɪ.ni.ən/ us /ˌmed.ə.tərˈeɪ.ni.ən/

relating to the Mediterranean Sea or the countries around it:

a Mediterranean climate
The Mediterranean diet is famously healthy, including, as it does, olive oil and fresh fruit and vegetables.

(Definition of “Mediterranean” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)