From the Cretan word for "king." Appearing in Minoan Linear A tablets is mi-nu-te, which is possibly related. The term is also possibly related to Sanskrit मुनि (muni, “asectic”) (fitting the legend of Minos living in Cretan caves), which suggests a common Proto-Indo-European origin.
- (5th BC Attic): IPA: /mi͜ínɔ͜ɔs/
- (1st BC Egyptian): IPA: /míːnoːs/
- (4th AD Koine): IPA: /mínos/
- (10th AD Byzantine): IPA: /mínos/
- (15th AD Constantinopolitan): IPA: /mínos/
|Case / #||Singular|
|Accusative||Μίνων, Μίνωα, Μίνω|
- p. 1,017 in S. C. Woodhouse’s English-Greek Dictionary: A Vocabulary of the Attic Language. Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited. 1950.