Definitions for israelˈɪz ri əl, -reɪ-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Is•ra•elˈɪz ri əl, -reɪ-(n.)
a republic in SW Asia, on the Mediterranean: formed as a Jewish state in 1948. 5,749,760; 7984 sq. mi. (20,679 sq. km).
Category: Geography (places)
Ref: Cap.: Jerusalem.
the people traditionally descended from Jacob; the Jewish people.
a name given to Jacob after he had wrestled with the angel. Gen. 32:28.
the northern kingdom of the Hebrews, including 10 of the 12 tribes.
Category: Bible, Peoples
Ref: Compare Judah (def. 3). 3
a group considered by its members or by others as God's chosen people.
Origin of Israel:
bef. 1000; ME, OE < L Isrāēl < Gk Isrāḗl < Heb Yisrā'ēl lit., God perseveres
Israel, State of Israel, Yisrael, Zion, Sion(noun)
Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine
an ancient kingdom of the Hebrew tribes at the southeastern end of the Mediterranean Sea; founded by Saul around 1025 BC and destroyed by the Assyrians in 721 BC
The State of Israel, a modern country in the Middle East, at the eastern shore of the Mediterranean.
The Land of Israel, a region that is roughly coextensive with the State of Israel.
A nation that occupied roughly the same area in ancient times.
An ancient kingdom that occupied the northern part of this area, as distinct from Judah.
The Jews, taken collectively.
A name given to Jacob (Genesis 32:28).
Origin: From ישראל, which, in Biblical Hebrew, means "he who wrestles with God" (a Biblical name for Jacob after he wrestles with an adversary).